Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Looking for Something Different?

Here's a RTG kit that you may not have considered for your group: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. The publisher summarizes the plot this way:
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
Ender's Game earned the praise of the New York Times Book Review and other review sources. It also won the prestigious Hugo (1986) and Nebula (1985) Awards for best novel. Library Journal called it "both a gripping tale of adventure in space and a scathing indictment of the militaristic mind."

This book is particularly appealing to young adults, so please consider it also for your teen book groups. RTG's mission doesn't encompass a young adult audience, but some titles in our program do have a broader appeal.

Ender's Game is hosted at the Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson.

--Diane

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