ISBN 0765342294 (ISBN13: 9780765342294) Alternate cover Edition
Earth is under attack once again. An alien species is poised for assault on the front. Humanity's survival depends on a genius in the military who can defeat the aliens.
But who, then?
Ender Wiggin, that is. Glamorous. Ruthlessn... ess. Cunny. A Master of Tactics and Strategy. And a baby.
Recruited by the world government for military training, Ender's childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School. Among the elite recruits Ender is proving to be among the geniuses a genius. He excels in simulated war-games. But is the pressure and solitude taking their toll on Ender? One thing about simulations. How does Ender perform under real conditions of combat? Battle School is only a game, after all.
Exactly right? (Backsheet)
If only we could have talked to you, the hive-queen said in Ender's words. But since it could not be, we ask only this: that you remember us, not as enemies, but as a tragic sisters, changed into foul shape by fate or God or evolution. If we had kissed, it would have been the miracle to make us human in each other's eyes. Instead we killed each other. But still we welcome you now as guestfriends. Come into our home, daughters of Earth; dwell in our tunnels, harvest our fields; what we cannot do, you are now our hands to do for us. Blossom, trees; ripen, fields; be warm for them, suns; be fertile for them, planets: they are our adopted daughters, and they have come home.
I think that most of us, anyway, read these stories that we know are not "true" because we're hungry for another kind of truth: the mythic truth about human nature in general, the particular truth about those life-communities that define our own identity, and the most specific truth of all: our own self-story. Fiction, because it is not about someone who lived in the real world, always has the possibility of being about oneself. --From the Introduction
At one level it is emotionally engaging, quite exciting and readable, and it is this that makes it most engaging to younger readers. As an older reader, and delving deeper, there may be some elements that may leave you a little uncomfortable after you finish it.