Orson Scott Card
Ebook, 289 Pages
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I read this originally back in the 90’s and remember being blown away, especially by the “twist” at the end.
Reading it again, it almost hurt.
How Ender is treated, used, etc, is just brutal. It is rationalized by the characters, but you can tell that the author isn’t saying it is ok. The fights, the killings, the loneliness, the complete lack of sympathy, his awful brother, it just made me want to take him into my arms and cry for him.
Excellently written. Humanity on the cusp of extinction, yet preparing to self-destroy themselves the moment that cusp is behind them.
The reason I didn’t give this 5stars is because of the ending. The rise of the Speakers of the Dead, the narrative was different enough, the subject matter so different, that I felt rather jarred reading it. Even though it made sense. It just didn’t seem to fit with what came before.