Over the last year and a half, I’ve been reading the ender saga on and off. The series consists of four books:
- The popular and well-known ENDER’S GAME.
- A book that begins to explain Ender’s adulthood, SPEAKER OF THE DEAD.
- A book just in the middle thickening the story line: XENOCIDE.
- The book that brings the life of the infamous Ender to an end: CHILDREN OF THE MIND.
This book takes the role of Ender, a kid who thinks he is playing a video game, kills an entire alien race known as the Buggers. After this, he finds the last living Bugger, and decides to settle down on a planet known as Lusitania. Lusitania contains a second species known as the piggies who depend on a virus to survive. As a plot twist, the virus is deadly to humans. Later study suggests that this virus may be intelligent, and it could be immoral to kill. If this wasn’t strain enough, the government of the galaxy decides to send a fleet to destroy the planet. This would leave the buggers, piggies, and this virus to die off completely.
The running theme in the book is how humans would react when having to interact with other intelligent species. If killing species humans could never interact with or find equal ground with is just. Ender is the perfect main character for this. He has both killed off an entire species, which made him known as the xenocide. Ender also has created essays describing how other species think and how we can save them, making him be known as a savior. He understands both sides of the argument. This leads him to make incredible and mind-bending decisions. Ender grew up as a prodigy, felt the pressure of killing a whole species all his life, and died as a savior.
Ender and co decide that it would be best if they killed the virus by replacing it with a virus that maintained the piggies, but didn’t kill humans. They stopped the fleet using politics that are too lengthy to describe now.
This series touched me. It developed a whole new perspective on the value of life, and how cruel and beautiful humans can be. This book was filled with philosophy fueled from the characters thoughts. Orson Scott Card has a readable style and he conveyed these complex topics in an easy to understand way. An easy five out of five.