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Ender's Game
by Orson Scott Card
324 pages (paperback)
Genre: Fiction/SF

Meet Ender Wiggins, child general-slash-genius. He's going to save the world, as long as his siblings Valentine (kind Val) and Peter (sociopathic schemer) don't destroy it first.

I liked this a lot. I definitely didn't love it. Why? Well, it's very male. Other than that, I can't quite say. I do like "school stories" a lot, and Ender's training takes up a good portion of the novel. I wished for more politics, especially more of Val/Demosthenes. The Val/Peter dynamic was fascinating. By the way: don't be fooled by the child protagonist. This really is not YA.

Recommended to SF readers of both genders, because this is a worthwhile classic. I would avoid researching the author, though, as his political views tend toward the akljfksjdfhdsf side.

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Date: 2010-05-09 03:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yhlee
Guiltily, this is still one of my favorite sf stories, although I actually prefer the short story version. But yes, very male.

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Date: 2010-05-09 04:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yhlee
I'm pretty sure Valentine and Peter didn't exist at all in the short story version--it was very, very tightly focused on the Battle School and what came after, IIRC. But it's been a while so I may be misremembering details.

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Date: 2010-05-09 11:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrissa
Why do you say it's not YA? (I'm not saying it is. I'm just curious.)

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