Let me preface this with the fact that I watched the movie before I read the book. And I liked the movie better.
That aside, this book was okay. The storyline was interesting, although I could never quite get over the fact that the kids were so young, but I think that was intended. As a founding author of the science fiction genre, and a definitive work, this is a very good book. There were times when the pace lagged a bit, but also chapters that were roller-coaster fast. Despite watching the movie before reading this, it was definitely not spoiled at all. The main character, Ender, is a brilliant little boy who is easy to relate to despite his exceptional situation and futuristic world. He is unique within his world because he is the third child in his family, when having more than two children is only allowed in government-approved situations. After his older siblings both flopped out of a special program, Ender is the last hope for the world as they prepare to face their toughest enemy for the third time. And this time, they intend to finish the war for good. His path to becoming a great military commander is shaped by deception and a good deal of competition. The tale is well crafted and the reader slips in easily to observe what the author will reveal. I enjoyed this, but I am not sure if I will read the rest of the quartet. I am glad I read this for sure, and I will recommend it to any sci-fi or space adventure fan. I’d say 3.5 stars.