Ender's Game Study Guide

Ender's Game By Orson Scott Card

The government selects Andrew "Ender" Wiggin for training at the elite Battle School, where he is acknowledged as the most intelligent attendee. The other students resent Ender, and isolate him. He soon achieves the school's top rank, but is still ostracized. He is frustrated until he receives a letter from his sister Valentine reminding him of why he is there.

He is promoted to commander of a new army in Battle Room, the school's zero-gravity wargame league, where is team goes undefeated despite a lack of experience. He implements creative tactics that blow the traditional battle-room setup apart. He is advanced to Command School ahead of schedule.

In Command School, under the tutelage of a legendary hero of the Formic Wars, Enter plays a game very similar to Battle Room, but with ships in a space simulator. His subordinates are other early arrivals from Battle School. Each day, the games get harder and harder until Ender is practically walking dead and nearly goes insane, all the while maintaining his military innovation and incredible leadership.

Ender's final exam puts him in a scenario where Formic ships outnumber his small orbiting fleet 1000-to-1. Ender employs a special weapon against the planet itself, destroying it and all of the ships in orbit, knowing that this decision is against all of the rules of respectability but still a legal move. He is hoping that his move will get him sent home, because he cannot continue. He learns that all of the simulations he was told to run were actually happening in Formic space - and he has just successfully ordered the destruction of what was left of the Formic race on the planet that he destroyed. Guilt sends Ender into a coma.

When he awakens, Valentine explains that he cannot be allowed to return to Earth because of his special skills. Instead, he is made Governor of the first human colony on a Formic world. While exploring for a suitable place to colonize, Ender discovers a message from the Formics that leads him to an unborn Formic queen who can communicate with him via a psychic link.

Ender learns the story of the Formics, and realizes that his destiny is to resurrect their race by taking the queen to a new home. He writes a book in the voice of the Formic Queen called "The Hive Queen", under the pseudonym Speaker for the Dead, in which he tells the Formic tale, leaving out the fact that one Queen still lives.

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