Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is one of my favorite books! In 1985, the book won the Hugo and Nebula Awards, science fiction’s top awards for an author. It also inspired me to write my own stories. In preparation for the movie I re-read the book and found that I still loved it. If you claim to be a science fiction aficionado, then you need to read the book.
Ender’s Game is the story of a boy named Ender Wiggin, a battle school cadet in a future earth where humanity was almost annihilated by an insect-like alien race called the Buggers. Ender is humanity’s best hope in the war against the Buggers and to prepare him to be a space commander; he is put through an intense military school program.
There are few adaptions of books that capture the essence and emotion of the original work and not leave the viewer/reader wanting. This is because of time constraints the movie format provides to develop the story and characters. Although the director, Gavin Hood, missed some great opportunities by failing to use more of the battle school scenes that built Ender’s character and story, I did feel that the movie captured the overall emotion of the work, which is the use of kids to fight wars. Also, the movie did well in showing the challenges of battles in three dimensional space (the book is used by the Marines for training). Like Gravity, the digital effects are great and the space battles are as impressive as Star Trek Into Darkness. If you like spaceship fights, military science fiction, or exploring (in a limited way) the conflict of using kids in war, this movie is worth a view.
If you haven’t read the book, I would recommend holding off and seeing the movie first. I think as a viewer you will get a bigger thrill, and then read one of the best science fiction books of all time.