"So, what are you going to do?"
"Persuade him that he wants to come with us more than he wants to stay with her."
"How will you do that?"
"I'll lie to him."
"And if that doesn't work?"
"Then I'll tell the truth. We're allowed to do that in emergencies. We can't plan for everything, you know."
Andrew Wiggin, called Ender, is 6 years old when he is taken away from his family, to enter Battle School. Since the first attack of the aliens called the buggers, the humans have been searching for a new military leader who can lead the forces in a new war against the buggers.
In Battle School, the children are divided into armies, and they fight each other, in a way that makes the school seem more or less like a game. But the school itself is merciless, and the competition is hard. And it is easy for a child to forget who the real enemy is.
And Ender has his own fear to fight; his fear of being like his older brother who torments him and his sister. Peter uses other people's fear to control them. And Ender misses his sister Valentine, whom he loves with all heart. Those two are the only ones who can touch him when he arrives at Battle School.
Thoughts about the book:
Why I love this book? I don't know. Perhaps because I find myself again and again in this book. I think all people who read it will. This is a story, not only of children, and of a war, but of people.
Both Ender, Peter and Valentine are more than average intelligent. And they each find their way of handling this. Ender by fighting so well that he can't be ignored. Peter by pretending, and using people's fears against them. Valentine by flattering them into what she wants them to do. Together, those three children will change the world forever.
Children's mentality is so much more easy to see through than that of grown-ups, but not really much different. And those children are less different from adults than most. I think that through them, one can start learning about others.
And the characters interact. They change they way they act, the way they behave, depending on who they're with. Just like in Real Life. Not only the story is fascinating, but equally impressing is the mind of the author, who clearly understands the mind of humans.
About the author, Orson Scott
About the next book, Speaker for the Dead
About the third book, Xenocide