Page Flipping Times

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

What's on your reading list?

Are you bored of reading the same old books over and over again? Have you turned in books that were not even read? Well, each week in the Page Flipping Times we will recommend one of the latest, most popular young adult books.

Ender's Game

If you have read Hunger Games or Divergent then put Ender's Game on hold because everyone will be rushing to check it out! Ender's game is the perfect combination of dystopian and science fiction. Ender's Game takes place in the future where the government looks for children who they will teach how to save the world from buggers. Get ready to be entertained when you are reading Ender's Game because each character has different personalities which will impact each of the battles.

Throughout this book you will experience shocking, witty and serious moods because of the battles and events that Ender is in. Orson Scott Card expresses his thoughts throughout Ender's Game by using suspenseful, intense and humorous tones. Card uses a literary writing style to describe each event that goes on. "They flashed his legs, but had three precious seconds before they could hit his body and put him out of action. He froze several more, then flung out his arms in equal and opposite directions" (Card, 105). This is an example of literary writing style because Card is describing what Ender is doing and each detail of his surroundings. Card also uses Ender and Peter to create one of the major themes in this book (good VS evil). Ender is considered the "good" character and Peter is the "bad" character in Ender's Game. The reason Peter is considered "bad" is because he threatens to kill his siblings and skins squirrels and watches them die. Ender is afraid of turning into Peter because he hurt and kills others.


"Oh, yes, they don't let you eat for twenty hours before the launch" (Card, 28). The same concept applies for reading Ender's Game, don't read Speaker for the Dead before you read Ender's Game.

"Card has taken the venerable of concepts of a superman and interstellar war against aliens, and, with superb characterization, pacing and language, combined them into a seamless story of compelling power. This is Card at the height of his very considerable powers—a major of novel by any reasonable standards."—Booklist

What to expect

Leaving home will be hard, especially for a 6 year old. When Ender was only 6 years old went he left his parents and siblings. Graff told him "You won't miss you mother and father, not much, not for long. And they won't miss you, either" (Card, 21). If I was Ender I would disagree with Graff because they are my parents and love me. I wouldn't go to battle school because I would miss my family too much and it will affect my training. How would you feel if you left your parents and siblings?

"Human beings are free except when humanity needs them. Maybe humanity needs you. To do something. Maybe humanity needs me—to find out what you're good for. We might both do despicable things, Ender, but if humankind survives, then we were good tools" (Card, 35).

Get to know some of the characters