Dependable, Young Adult, Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Gavin Hood, Lionsgate, Space, Aliens, Invasion, Battles, Strategy, War, PG-13
Years ago, Earth was invaded by the Formics, an alien race that had overpopulated their own world and was looking to colonize a new planet. Now the International Fleet, headed by Colonel Graff, is looking for young, brilliant minds to aid in the fight against the Formics. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is one of these young, brilliant minds. Colonel Graff chooses Ender to train in Battle School where Ender shows his strength and brilliance, and quickly moves up the ranks. Ender and his crew of misfits fight and triumph battle after battle in a simulator. To become the next commander of the entire International Fleet, Ender has one last battle to win against the Formics in the simulation. He and his team win a stunning victory by wiping out the entire Formic fleet and their home planet. However, after the game ends Colonel Graff informs Ender that none of the battles have been simulations; in fact, everything has been real and Ender has annihilated the entire Formic species. Horrified, Ender runs away into the wasteland of the former Formic colony and finds the last dying Formic queen who had been trying to communicate with Ender. The queen entrusts an egg, a future queen, to Ender and he promises to find a new home for the Formics.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 38
, Article 31.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol38/iss1/31