Today I found myself in an unusual state. I’ve got to the point of finishing one book and having no idea what I want to read next. This has only happened when I have enjoyed reading a book to the point anything else would spoil the memory. Since this is such a break from the norm I thought I would write about it. I will try not to spoil anything here, but it’s my first time writing a book review so forgive me if I do!
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is the first of his books I have read, I never seen the movie but now I want to. The book is science fiction but the more I’ve read the more I felt that wasn’t important. This book builds its characters so well and doesn’t rely on SciFi or ‘magic’ physics to tell its story that shouldn’t be a barrier to any non-scifi fans.
The book tells the story of Ender Wiggins, a child who is moulded into the soldier the human race requires to save it from an invasion. As I read the book I really started to feel for Ender and the things he was going through, but Card’s development of Enders character and personality seemed so natural it kept me hooked. I finished this eleven hour book in less than three days. This version was a special 20th anniversary edition and used different narrators, unlike Dune which I’ll review another time, each narrator was used for a different perspective. I don’t want to say more in less it spoils it but you’ll see what I mean.
I know this was short and sweet, but I can’t recommend this book enough. The story is excellent and the reading by both Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison (The audible narrators) made it the perfect performance. I can’t wait to start reading the squeal ‘Speaker for the dead’ but feel I need some time to let this one settle in, it really was that compelling.