Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Ender

Ender is the main character in a series of books by Orson Scott Card. (click here) If your not a reader, you can probably stop reading here. If you do like to read, and enjoy science fiction, keep going.

Ender is a 6 year old boy when he's chosen to save the world. Not asking much, are we? I won't tell you if he does it. That would spoil the whole book. Or maybe not. Anyway, I can't give away an ending.

Card does an amazing job of creating this world. The world is very similar to ours since it's Earth. But he writes it in the future, or maybe the past, he never says. The world he created goes far beyond our galaxy into other worlds as well.

There are 2 distinct sections of the series. There's Ender's World & the Shadow Series. When you pick these books up for the first time, do not read them as they were written. First, read Ender's Game. Then, read Ender's Shadow. How you read from there is up to you. Ender's Shadow completes Ender's Game. You don't even realize what was missing until you read it. Then so much more falls into place. The Shadow series follows Bean and returns to Earth. The Ender series goes into other galaxies.

I've treated myself to the latest in the series: Ender in Exile. I've been longing to read it and being forced to not do much around the house, I've definitely got the time. I've been sucked back into the world Card has created. It's like coming home to old friends. You haven't seen them in a while, but it's friends you really, really liked. Once you're with them again it's as if you never were apart.

If science fiction isn't your thing, try Empire. It's set in modern society & represents what could happen to us. Happy Reading!

4 comments:

Heather said...

I came across Speaker for the Dead while on vacation in Santa Fe at our hotel's bookshelf. I loved it. When I found out it was a whole series, I of course went out and read all the other Ender books back to back. I'll have to check out my local library for the Shadow books. But maybe I'll have to go back and read Ender's Game first to really get the full effect. Always nice finding a fellow Ender fan.

Amanda said...

I know I don't know you but I happened onto your blog and love it.

I loved Ender's Game. I think I'll have to give the other books a read too.

SciFi Mama said...

Heather- I've been an Ender fan for years. I've read other stuff by Card, the Earth series is OK, but I didn't get into it as much.

Amanda- Welcome! I'm glad you enjoy it. I'm a big time reader & crafter with a love of sci-fi.

C. Beth said...

That definitely sounds interesting! I may check it out.