Mark, (8th Grade)
This book named Ender's Game is a science fiction book about a single boy. The author
of this science fiction book is Orson Scott Card. Mr. Card has written four novels in a series
about Ender and the story of his life. The publisher of Ender's Game is a big company known
as Tom Doherty Associates, Inc. This novel is easy reading and is only 324 pages long. This
book starts when Ender is only six years old. Ender's real name is Andrew Wiggin, but he was
given the name of Ender as a nickname. Ender has one sister, Valentine and one brother named
Peter. Ender loves Valentine very much and does not like his brother because he was very mean
to Ender. All children wear a device on their neck that allows people to monitor their actions and
intelligence. People do this because they want to get the smartest of all the children and make
them into perfect soldiers and commanders. This is done because an alien race attacked the
human race over fifty years ago, and humans want to be ready when the alien race named the
buggers attack again. Will Ender be the only hope for the human race?
The protagonist of this story is Andrew 'Ender' Wiggin. Ender ages from 6 to 22 during
this book, but in the last few sentences it becomes vague as to the time. He goes to school for six
years training, at least that is what he thinks. Ender is a scrawny little, short and thin boy. Ender
is a very confident and smart boy, smarter than all the other boys that he knows. He is afraid of
his brother and some bullies at school, but he is fully aware that if he does not stand up to them
he will keep being tortured. Ender is a very loving boy that loves his sister and loves his parents.
He hates being called a third, but the name is given to him because people are only supposed to
have two children, but the Wiggins were allowed three. He does not like being called a third, or
any name at that matter, but he tolerates it. He does seem to be happy when he is around
Valentine, but he is not overly happy all of the other time. Most of all, Ender hates being like
Peter in any way because Peter is such a mean and bad child.
The antagonist of Ender's Game was the government. The government was in control
of Ender from his childhood up to age twelve. The government tracked Ender using a device
called a monitor which would allow the government to see and hear all the things that Ender
does. Then, he was put to a test and he accomplished the test without even knowing about it. He
was then taken to a school where the government taught the children and also had mock battles
in zero gravity. In this Battle School the government tried to isolate him and kept moving him
from group to group so he had to work to get recognized. The government then moved Ender to
Command School where they lied to him. They said to Ender that this was just practice, but the
game was actually real. The government believes that they are doing the right thing by isolating
and lying to Ender.
The setting of Ender's Game varies greatly, because Ender Wiggin was on Earth, then
he went to a school in space, then back to Earth, to another school in space and last of all to a
distant world once occupied by the buggers. The season was not recognizable in Ender's Game,
until Ender came back to Earth. It was summer or just around summer, this was shown by the
heat and by sunburns that Ender got. The time was very vague, but it seemed to take place
probably in the twenty-second century. This is shown through the advanced technology: the
monitor, battleships, Dr. Device and other things such as computers. Most of the book took
place inside Battle School, a very large school for very elite, young and smart children. The part
of the book that took place outside was when he returned to Earth, and he stayed at a very large
house, but the actual place was very vague.
The first rising action of this book is when Ender, after being taunted by a school, bully
beats him up very badly over the monitor that was taken off of Ender. After the bully dies from
the beating, the government keeps this from Ender so he believes that he is not a killer. Ender is
then visited by a man from a military corporation, the International Fleet, named Colonel Graff.
Colonel Graff convinces Ender to go with him to Battle School so Ender can be a soldier and
help win the war when the Buggers, the alien race, comes. Ender goes with him, although
unhappy to leave his sister Valentine whom he loves, and is also the person who protects Ender
from Peter, his brother. When Ender is on the shuttle going to Battle School, which is in space,
he is hit constantly by a boy named Bernard. In reaction Ender caught the boy's hand and threw
him. Not aware of the absence of gravity, the boy flew across the room, hit a wall the wrong
way, and broke his arm. Then, after the boy was taken away, the shuttle docked, and all the boys
got out of the shuttle and they then had artificial gravity. Ender and the other boys were given all
the information about Battle School and were put into groups. Ender was put into the same
group as Bernard and Alai, a friend of Bernard's. During his time in this group he was the best
and smartest of all the children in his group. During this time, they also had a game in the
battleroom that was a war game involving two teams against each other. They played in null
gravity with flash suits that when shot with a gun would freeze up the part of the suit that was hit.
All the children also had a desk which had a computer in it. Ender used the computer to play a
fantasy game. Through his whole time at Battle School he played that game, he had killed a
giant, and gone to a place called the End of the World where he went into a tower of a castle and
could never beat that castle. Through many months, Ender made a friend of Alai and almost of
Bernard. He was then moved to another group, but he was promoted, thus he was with children
that were nearly ten years old while he was only seven. He had a leader of this army named
Bonzo. Bonzo did not like Ender, one reason for this was that Ender had practices with Alai and
many other children on his off time, which Bonzo did not like. Ender met a girl named Petra
who was his only friend in that army; she also helped Ender with his shooting skills in the
battleroom game. Ender was later traded to another army where he was put in a toon, or a small
group within a group with a leader named Dink. Dink also helped Ender with his skills, but
Ender was still in his practice sessions with Alai and some other children. After a while in that
group Ender was given an army group. His group had a little boy like him named Bean. He
soon turned his untrained group into a group that never lost. After a long time, he was in a battle
with twice as many children. He used a tactic to just win by entering the gate, which was the real
way to win. After the battle, he went to sleep and after waking up he went to shower, but it was
lunchtime so no one was there. During the middle of his shower many boys come in led by his
old commander, Bonzo. Ender and Bonzo fought, Bonzo never even hit Ender, but Ender beat
Bonzo very much, and after the fight, Bonzo was on the ground bleeding and unconscious. Once
again, Ender killed a boy, but he never knew of this. During that whole time at Battle School, he
was attacked many times because he was the best. A few days later, Colonel Graff entered his
room after Bean had entered. Graff explained to him that he would go to Command School right
away. Ender had been at Battle School for four years, two years earlier than all other children.
After entering the shuttle with Colonel Graff, they go to Earth, much to Ender's amazement.
Ender is on Earth for two months, during that time he rests and meets with his sister Valentine,
whom he loves very much.
The climax of Ender's Game starts off with his meeting with Mazer Rackham, the one
man who had won battles against the buggers. Mazer has stayed alive by keeping in a sort of
hyperspace which only lets a few years go by inside the ship while the Earth ages many years.
Ender learns more about the buggers and how they only have drones and a queen like a bee hive.
Ender was also told about a new weapon called Dr. Device which would hit a ship then spread
apart the atoms, then do the same to something that was close and keep doing so. Ender is put in
a room where he will play a new game with ships and he is the commander. After a while, he is
introduced to people that he will be playing with. The people are Alai, Petra, Bean, Tom, Shen,
Molo and Carn Carby. They were all his friends that he had met at Battle School. They were
assigned as toon leaders like in Battle School. During many months these children under the
command of Ender fought and won every battle. When Ender woke up one day he was told that
the last game, which will be centered on the buggers home planet is ready to go. When he got
there, many people were at his room where he commanded everybody. The odds like in his last
game at Battle School were totally unfair, but like in Battle School, Ender used the all attack at
once in a bullet shaped form. He then deployed the Dr. Device on the bugger's home planet,
which caused a chain reaction which destroyed the planet and all the bugger ships around the
planet. Everybody started cheering, and Ender was told then that the game was actually real life.
He was very distraught because he knew that he had killed many buggers on many planets and
had let some humans die at the same time. Ender was so distraught that he slept for almost two
The falling actions started with Ender watching what he did, including the killing of
Bonzo and Stilson. The second falling action was that Valentine; Ender's sister, was at battle
school. Valentine made a proposal to Ender to go to one of the deserted Bugger planets to start a
colony, with Ender as mayor. Ender had some doubts such as everyone he knew would be gone,
because everything around the ship that he would go in would age fifty years while the people in
the ship only aged two years. Although, he was unsure, he went with his sister to the new planet.
After many years, when Ender was about 22 years old, he went out with a small boy on the new
planet to look for more land. When Ender got out of the helicopter a little while away from the
original colony, he saw something that looked like the skeleton of a giant. Then he went farther
he saw a cliff and a castle tower, just like in the game at battle school. He figured out then that
the buggers read his mind and made this place like that so he would see it He went inside the
tower where psychically the dead buggers communicated with him. They said that they were
sorry for attacking Earth, and they knew that humans would rebel, but they were sorry. They
also said that they had left a cocoon that had a queen bugger in it, and they wanted Ender to find
a safe place somewhere to let the cocoon hatch. Ender left with Valentine and the cocoon to start
looking for planets to put the egg.
The protagonist has changed greatly over the course of sixteen years. Andrew 'Ender'
Wiggin was a small boy when he came to Battle School. He tried very hard, gained confidence
and became a great leader and tactician. Ender became much more self reliant in this time at
Battle School. In Command School he learned even more, gained more confidence, and became
even better at the art of war. When he won the war he was very mad at himself for letting many
humans and buggers die. When he went away with his sister he became much more loving and
was much happier. He loved his life at that time. Ender changed into a man that was loving and
that learned to be more social. The antagonist, the government, changed very little through
Ender's life. The antagonist changed very little because it is such a major corporation. They
only changed by exterminating the buggers. After the war that was the biggest change, they went
from a full on offensive to an end of an intergalactic war, and they were very happy.
The theme of the story can be interpreted many ways, and the author of Ender's Game
believes that there is no theme. One theme of this book is that the government can control your
whole life without anyone even knowing that they are doing so. This is shown through how the
government pushes Ender to go to School. The government then changes the rules just for Ender
to make it hard for him. Then when Ender goes to Command School they tell him that the game
that he is playing is not real, but at the end of the school he is told that it was a real game. The
government then keeps Ender against his will at the Command School. Ender, through all of this
starts, to learn this, but only when he is told that Command School was not a game does he really
figure out that he does not control his own destiny.
[Copyright © Mark, (8th Grade), 2001. Reprinted with permission.]