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577 Orson Scott Card: Ender’s Game

“Ender’s Game” follows the young genius Ender Wiggin’s journey as he trains to lead Earth’s defense against an alien threat.



Executive Summary: "Ender's Game" is a compelling science fiction novel set in a future where humanity faces an impending invasion from an alien race called the Formics, or Buggers. The story revolves around Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, a young boy with exceptional intelligence and strategic acumen. Ender is chosen by the government to be trained at the Battle School, where gifted children are molded into military commanders. As he progresses through the grueling training, Ender faces psychological and moral challenges, struggling to find his identity and place in the world. Eventually, Ender is thrust into an ultimate test when he participates in a simulated war, unaware of its real-life implications. His remarkable abilities and the decisions he makes during the training have far-reaching consequences that will shape the fate of humanity.


  1. Title: Ender's Game 
  2. Author: Orson Scott Card 
  3. Publishing Year: 1985 
  4. Publisher: Tor Books 
  5. Length in Hours: 11 hours and 57 minutes 

5 main ideas

  1. Child Prodigy: The novel centers on Ender Wiggin, a gifted child who is selected for his potential to become the savior of humanity.
  2. Military Training: Ender undergoes intense training at the Battle School, honing his strategic thinking and leadership skills to face the alien threat.
  3. Moral Dilemmas: Ender grapples with ethical dilemmas as he must make difficult choices that challenge his sense of empathy and compassion.
  4. Psychological Manipulation: The government and military leaders manipulate Ender's emotions and relationships to shape him into an effective leader.
  5. The Nature of Leadership: The story delves into the qualities and sacrifices required of a leader, especially when facing the responsibility of saving the world.

5 funny quotes

  1. "Now that he was out of danger, he was as good as ever, just as smart as ever, just as willing to make extravagant plans that could get them both killed."
  2. "I know how to win! But I know how to make it look good, too."
  3. "Ender had always had a teacher he loved who could make him feel all the possibilities of achievement open to him."
  4. "A man who knows nothing is closer to the truth than a man whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors."
  5. "You know what I learned from you? I learned that the best way to win, was to put everything I had into something... to love it."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him."
  2. "The enemy's gate is down."
  3. "I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves."
  4. "The essence of training is to allow error without consequence."
  5. "I've lived too long with pain. I won't know who I am without it."

5 dilemmas

  1. The ethical dilemma of using children as soldiers in a war against an alien race, questioning the moral implications of such decisions.
  2. Ender's internal struggle to balance his compassion and empathy with the ruthless tactics required of a leader.
  3. The dilemma of trust and manipulation, as Ender navigates complex relationships with those who guide and control him.
  4. The conflict between duty and personal desires, as Ender grapples with the weight of saving humanity and the cost of his own happiness.
  5. The philosophical dilemma of the greater good versus individual freedom, as the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.

5 examples

  1. Ender Wiggin, the brilliant and empathetic protagonist, chosen to attend the Battle School and later Command School.
  2. Valentine Wiggin, Ender's compassionate and intelligent sister, who plays a significant role in his life.
  3. Battle School, the military training institution in space where children are taught military strategy and tactics.
  4. Mazer Rackham, the legendary war hero who becomes Ender's mentor and instructor.
  5. Peter Wiggin, Ender's older brother, known for his extreme intelligence and ruthless tendencies.

Referenced books

  1. "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare - Referenced in the novel during Ender's tactical training.
  2. "The Bible" - Mentioned in the context of a story about Peter and Valentine Wiggin's online personas.
  3. "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky - Quoted in the novel, reflecting Ender's introspective moments.
  4. "The Little Doctor" - The nickname for the fictional weapon used in the book, alluding to the biblical story of David and Goliath.
  5. "Mazer Rackham's victory" - A historical reference to a war hero in the novel, highlighting the impact of legendary figures on society.

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"I know how to win! But I know how to make it look good, too."

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