Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

At only six years old, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin believes he's just immersed in computer-simulated warfare. Little does he know, he's got himself involved in a far more real and dire struggle. Born as a result of government programme, Ender has been bred to have the genius and military skill needed by Earth in its battle against the extra-terrestrials who are bent on humanity's annihilation. To discover his potential, Ender is subjected to increasingly rigorous training either to hone his hidden talents as a soldier, or break him completely. As such a young boy, Ender will be forced to grow up fast!

Ender isn't the sole outcome of this breeding programme; his siblings Peter and Valentine, are equally extraordinary. They are also, however, incredibly different from Ender; while sadistic Peter struggles to contain his violence, Valentine is much more passive – unsuitably so for the military’s needs – and loved deeply by Ender. While neither of Ender’s siblings met the military's criteria for training, their envy of Ender and thirst for power spur them into action. Peter wants to take charge and dominate by taking political control, while Valentine writes persuasive essays to manipulate the opinions of the people. Concealed behind the anonymity of cyberspace, they collaborate to steer Earth's fate - a fate heavily reliant on Ender's success.

Orson Scott Card, renowned for his this, and other works like "Ender's Shadow," and "Speaker for the Dead," captivates both adult and young readers, and his books are increasingly being seen on school reading lists. It’s best suited to later key stage 2, or key stage 3 readers as there are some violent themes that might not suit everyone.

In addition to his sci-fi books, Card has also written contemporary fantasy ("Magic Street," "Enchantment," "Lost Boys"), biblical narratives ("Stone Tables," "Rachel and Leah"), and the frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker." He also explores poetry ("An Open Book") and theatrical works.

Born in Washington and raised across California, Arizona, and Utah, Card embarked on a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. He is married to Kristine Allen Card and lives in North Carolina, with their youngest child, Zina Margaret. As well as being a renowned author, he also teaches and directs plays. He is also professor of writing and literature at Southern Virginia University.

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