Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.Originality: 8. Even though plot aspects kept coming back to me, this story is unique and a world of its own. There is not too much up front world builidng, but the story unravels though the introductions to each chapter and the quick moving plot.Absurdity: 7. 6 to 11 year olds do not talk like this. My neighbor is 7. He says things to me like "Did you just come from your car? "Why are you leaving your apartment?". He even had trouble getting Trick or Treat out this Halloween. Nevermind anything close to the stoic determination of Ender's internal monologue. Besides this, well did you note the part about intergalactic war? Just go with it.