Book Review: Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is one of the most popular science fiction novels of the past 20 years. Even today, it sells 100-200,000 copies a year.

I read it in 7th grade and loved it. Everyone loved it. I didn’t know a person under age 20 who hadn’t read Ender’s Game and didn’t like it.

A few days ago I did something I’ve wanted to do for a long time: I re-read a book that I remember liking many years ago. It was a fascinating experience: I still enjoyed Ender’s Game quite a bit, even from my current perspective, but I also saw some specific things that I can now recognize as playing to my fantasies, ego, or whatever.

I’d encourage anyone who likes books to, a) read Ender’s Game, if only to understand a science fiction success story, and b) re-read a book you read 5+ years ago and liked, see if you still like it, and try to understand how you look it differently from your current vantage point.

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