Science Fiction: Discussion of "Ender's Game"

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

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  • Brittney F.

    Hi kels, we are at a car dealership closing on a car. We will either be late or not be able to make it. I'm not sure how much longer interested this process will take.

    July 25, 2013

    • Kelsey C.

      Did you get the car?!

      July 27, 2013

    • Brittney F.

      Yes I did! Although it was frustrating how long it took. They said over the phone that we'd be "in and out in no time". What a joke - we were from 4-7:30! I enjoyed Ender's game....but was disappointed that the car salesman prevented me from attending the discussion!

      July 27, 2013

  • Becky

    Hi everyone, just wanted to say thanks for coming out on Thursday. I think we had a great discussion which can be hard to do with such a large group. Hope to see you all in August!

    July 27, 2013

  • Kelsey C.

    We'll be meeting at Emil's in Mundelein. See you all there!

    July 25, 2013

  • Jillian

    Sorry for the late notice, i will be attending a wake tomorrow night and will not be able to attend.

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! The enemy's base is sideways, to the left!

    July 16, 2013

  • Gavin

    This was one of my favorite books as a kid!

    2 · June 26, 2013

  • Kelsey C.

    The movie will be release November 1 of this year. Check out the trailer: Also, Ben Kingsley has a Tyson tattoo. Well, many Tyson tattoos.

    June 24, 2013

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