Summary (Spoiler Alert)
Ender and his army get a few weeks to prepare, then are scheduled to fight more battles in a week than most army’s in the games fight in a (season? year? I dunno.). Through a series of training to make his army unpredictable and a bunch of quick thinking, Ender wins every battle no matter how they are stacked against him. At the end, he realizes the worst is yet to come so asks his new buddy Bean to start thinking up some crazy.
What we have here is a failure to think. On the other teams parts. I cannot stand this book for one reason and one reason only: I am supposed to believe that this Ender kid is only, what? Ten? Ten years old. This kid is forming full sentences, full battle strategy and winning at a game that does not exist. Ender is so advanced he is not thinking outside the box, he is inventing new boxes to think outside of, taking dumps in those boxes, lighting them on fire and setting them outside his opponents doors and playing Ding Dong Ditch.
Do you know what I was doing at ten? Picking my nose in right field. Yep. Just standing there like an ass picking my nose and hoping nobody hit a ball near me because why was I there?
But Ender is dominating and controlling the minds of all those around him. Even his instructors cannot figure out what he’s doing.
“Why are you watching those crappy videos we doctored of the alien war? They don’t have any strategy in them.”
Do you know why Ender’s watching them? Not watching the humans, even though they won. He’s watching the damn bugmen because they fought like bastards and almost won. And nobody else has figured that out but our little Ender? That’s like wondering why your best friend is awesome at Pac-man, but instead of watching what he does with Pac-man watching what the ghosts do. And you know what? That’s an awesome strategy for Pac-man because there’s always a pattern to be found, except for Blinky cause he’s a bitch.
- Has anyone ever tested you? Do you think they would if they loved you?
- When learning to play a game, do you watch the winner or the loser? Do you play games alone? Do you play games with a mirror?
- Ender asks Bean for stupid plans. Discuss.
- At the end, Ender and Bean talk about battle plans in Ender’s room. Have you ever had a slumber party?