A Book and a Movie: Ender’s Game


Orson Scott Card won the Nebula {1985} and the Hugo {1986} which are top awards in the science fiction/fantasy genre for Ender’s Game.  He is the only author to win both these awards again the following year for the Ender’s Game sequel, Speaker of the Dead.

Ender Wiggin is a young boy living in a time on Earth during the aftermath of an alien invasion.  Children are recruited to serve as soldiers to fight the ‘buggers’.  Military command believes that children think and respond in ways that adults can not and therefore, they would be the perfect soldier in the war to save mankind.  Ender says,

““In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them.”

This book was also adapted to the big screen and released as a movie this fall.  The movie version, while not following the book, word for word, does a fair job of bringing the story to life.  The action is fast paced and the special effects are stunning.

This book would be wonderful for discussion.  So many topics could be discussed ranging from bullying, child soldiers, the possibilities of space living or alien races, government imposed child restrictions, and, without giving too much away, the failure to communicate.  If you loved The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or enjoy science fiction/fantasy, this story would be well worth your reading time.  Ender’s Game is considered a ‘classic’ in its genre.

“Remember, the enemy’s gate is down.”

What are you watching or reading this weekend?



“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”  Matthew 5:44 NIV Bible

4 thoughts on “A Book and a Movie: Ender’s Game

  1. I enjoyed the book Enders Game and it’s a great time for it to finally come out as a movie. Card predicted so much about our society, esp technology.

    I’m reading a book called Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson and it’s okay. It’s billed as being similar to Game of Thrones, which not seen or read yet. What I’m liking is that it creates a whole new world, with weird character names, which forces me to read close and not skim!

    • I haven’t heard of Forge of Darkness. My husband has read the Game of Thrones series. I want to read it but I keep looking at how thick the books are and keep postponing reading them. I’m sure I’ll like them once I start and that’s the problem — I’d be busy reading for weeks and getting nothing else done : )

  2. The sequel to Ender’s Game was good too! Y’all mentioned game of thrones. Just finished the first 5 books. They leave you hanging. The author says 2 more are coming. I hope I remember all the details when the next book finally comes out. It took him 20 years to write the first 5. 🙂

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