Pros:THis book is easy to read and understand.
Cons:Even though there is character development, none of them are "good-guys" or "bad-guys."
The Bottom Line: If you love sci-fi novels, then read this!
My name is Cassie and I attend high school in San Diego. In my English class, I had the assignment of reading Enders Game so that is why I read it. I believe I am well qualified to comment on this book because I have thoroughly read and analyzed it.
Many people will agree that most of the elements in this book are likable due to the fact that it is easy to read and its simple use of vocabulary makes it easy to understand. Personally, I enjoyed the setting of the book. The story takes place in a futuristic setting and therefore is much more interesting because of that fact. For example, at the school which Ender attended before battle school, each student a computer built into his/her desk. Also, human life exists on more than one planet. The main thing I disliked about this novel was the characters. It seemed that all of them were villains in their own way. There was not a distinct good guy or bad guy. It is almost as if Card took a good versus evil story and made everyone against each other.
Card did a fine job of pacing himself throughout the novel. He kept the readers mind thinking and there was a good amount of unexpected surprises that kept the reader wanting to continue reading. Even though the characters are not very interesting, there is still massive amount of development in each of them. This is done in a way that keeps things exciting and keeps the reader guessing.
Many different literary techniques are presented in Enders Game. A very prominent one is conflict. By going to battle school, Enders goal is to become a commander. However, along the way, many conflicts arise. For instance, many of the boys extremely dislike Ender and pick numerous fights with him. Instead of focusing on school, Ender pays more attention to his immature classmates. This leads to many fights and, in some cases, death. Another term used is apostrophe. One important time this occurs is when Ender is talking to the queen Bugger cocoon. Even though the cocoon is in no way human, this makes the reading more imaginative and interesting. Finally, characterization is used numerous times. Most all of these are in regards to Ender. Ender states multiple times that he is just like his older brother, Peter. He supports his thoughts when getting in fights and killing his opponent. Even though this technique is revealing, it still keeps the book interesting and exciting.
Many people would enjoy reading this book. The individuals who would most enjoy it would be science fiction lovers. The entire book is based in the future and is therefore appealing to those who dream about what the future might be like. It is very easy to get lost in this futuristic world and all of its technology. The people who might dislike this book are those who have a hard time enjoying the very imaginative approach this book has. Also, those people who are very literal and have a hard time getting lost in science fiction novels would not like Enders Game very much.
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