Recommended For: 14+
Themes: Loyalty, friendship, family, conflict, morality
LGBTQIA+ Content: None
I took a foray into Sci-Fi for this week’s review and I decided to go for a classic rather than a newer release. I’d heard a lot about Ender’s Game and I have to say, there was a lot that I enjoyed.
Ender is a Third child in a world where families are only permitted to have two children. However, Ender’s family produces highly intelligent children, and while his brother Peter and sister Valentine didn’t make it to the battle school, the government wanted one more shot at getting their perfect general – and they got in Ender.
Highly intelligent, far more advanced than your average child, Ender is pushed to his limits and beyond, all because of the threat of the “Buggers” – a race of alien insectoids that have attacked Earth.
Once you get beyond the strangeness of having a young child with the mind of a teenager/adult, this is a compelling read with a lot of interesting concepts. The Battle School is terrifying because I can imagine it transferring from Sci-Fi into reality.
This is a great read for teens, especially but not exclusively boys. No LGBTQIA+ content but the book does deal with issues of identity and acceptance in different ways.