Ender’s Game (1985), by Orson Scott Card

Set in Earth’s future, Ender’s Game tells of a young boy, allowed to be born because his two siblings were almost the right individuals for the government’s purpose.  Families are allowed only two children, except in this situation, and Andrew, who calls himself Ender, is teased for being a “Third.”  Of course, as he is the protagonist, he does turn out to be “the one,” and is sent off to military school for boys at the age of 6.  The issue we are asked to consider is what forces are positive, what negative, in the formation of a young boy’s psyche and sense of identity.  Ender struggles with his similarity to his detested—and somewhat psychotic—older brother, Peter; he also struggles to endure the isolation forced upon his at Battle School.  As he matures—both emotionally and socially—he learns some hard but true lessons about life and society—both his and ours.  This was apparently written as an adult novel, but the protagonist is young enough that young people have taken to reading it.  I would not recommend it for younger children, but those who have begun to contemplate their own selves and identities, and their place in the world, would probably enjoy—or at least learn from—Ender’s struggles and ultimate success.

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