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Hero or Human: 'Ender's Game' by Orson Scott Card

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Ender's Game

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Ender’s Game is set in a type of dystopia that’s so far in the future, population control is one of the major issues of the day. As is the potential for invasion from alien entities known as the Formics. Having failed once the “buggers” as the Formics are more commonly named, are determined to destroy humanity, or so the International Fleet would have the people of earth believe.
The story centers around a boy who is put through a rigorous education to become the best commander in history. It can almost be called a psychological drama because the way the adults of the story play with Ender’s mind is like a sick joke at times. They manipulate him and break him down until at the age of eleven he is unknowingly put in command of the fleet in an all out invasion on the Formic home world.
Ender is forced to murder, to command, to segregate and then without even knowing it, he commits a brash act of genocide. It makes sense that he would break at the news, but to come so far and facing so much miscommunication, Card leaves the reader thinking Ender could have known better.
In his unique style, Card employs many simple techniques that in concert make a complex and intriguing story. I think that the fractured way the story comes out works in his favor it makes for a more exciting story. Once the reader gets past the set ups in the first few chapters and understands the context of the adult dialogue at the beginning of each chapter, the story flows well and really does pull the reader into it, page after page.

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