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Readers' Annotation: As a six-year-old genius, Ender must save Earth from aliens.
Summary: Ender is a genius, his whole family is, but only he is able harness his talents for the good of the world. Ender goes away to school to train for war games, and he ends up having to fight for real.
Evaluation: Adults and children alike will appreciate Orson Scott Card's novel based on one of his short stories. Adult readers will appreciate the thought provoking world in which Ender and his family live. Card raises thought provoking topics on human survival and child workers. At times the details of the side stories stop the flow of the novel, but most readers will look beyond. The narrators of the audiobook do a wonderful job of bringing Ender's world to life. This audiobook edition includes an interview with Card reflecting on the twenty years since the original publication of Ender's Game.
- Science Fiction
Series: Ender Wiggin
- Ender's Game (1985)
- Speaker of the Dead (1986)
- Xenocide (1992)
- Children of the Mind (1996)
- A War of Gifts (2007)
- Ender in Exile (2008)
Related: First meetings in the Enderverse (2003) - Collection of four novellas; Ender's Game: War of Gifts (2010)
When I glanced at the title of this book, I thought I knew what I was getting into. I had no clue. American Taliban is so much more than just the story of an American kid who ends up joining the Taliban. John Jude is a superb literary creation: the smart, generous, open-minded teenager that every parent would be proud to raise. Well-written to the point where you can't put the damn thing down, American Taliban is empathetic, enlightening, and frightening all at once, a story that not only opens your eyes but gives you ideas to learn from, viewpoints to argue with. it is a rare delight to be given a novel that actually makes you think, rarer still to have a book utterly rip open your heart. American Taliban is that rarest of accomplishments, one that does both at the same time.~from the back cover, Charles Bock, author of Beautiful Children