Great military minds rule in Ender’s tales
Kids’ corner - March 2005
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Many kids nowadays enjoy reading fantasy books, and many good books don’t get as much fame as others. Two examples are Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow.
The author, Orson Scott Card, writes excellent stories of two young, brilliant military minds. They live in a time when children are used to lead armies into battles against an alien race known as the Formics.
Ender’s Game is based on the life of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a young child with a brilliant military mind who is taken into battle school where children are trained to become military leaders.
He is second to none, and his only equal is a young boy named Julian “Bean” Delphiki.
Ender’s Shadow is the story of Bean’s life. He grew up on the streets of Rotterdam, fighting for survival against substantially older children. His ancestors and life previous to Rotterdam are a mystery, and he possesses a great secret not even known to him.
These two books show two different perspectives of young military minds being used to save humanity, and how they cope with the obstacles surrounding them. Card entertains audiences of all ages with these books, and if you read them, you’re sure to have an entertaining read. Shai Ligum, 13, Villa Park