“Ender’s Game” is the first book in the Ender’s Game series of science fiction books by Orson Scott Card. It takes place in a future where humanity is facing annihilation by an aggressive alien race and is relying on child soldiers to protect Earth. The film adaptation is due out on Friday November 1, 2013.
In an effort to ward off a third attack by the insect-like race known as “Buggers” government agencies start breeding child geniuses and training them as soldiers. Part of their training includes increasingly difficult games that include zero gravity. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is one of these geniuses but he stands out as a leader and is highly respected in mock battles. He quickly rises in the ranks and meets International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham while attending Command School. Rackham is a former war hero who teaches Ender everything he needs to know to defend humanity.
Orson Scott Card is a novelist, critic and columnist but he is best known for his science fiction work. “Ender’s Game” was originally written as a short story but eventually Card made it into a book and the series grew from there. Other books in the series include “Speaker for the Dead” and “Xenocide.” “Ender’s Game” and “Speaker of the Dead” won Hugo and Nebula Awards.