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Ender’s Game: Introduction
Ender’s Game: Plot Summary
Ender’s Game: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Ender’s Game: Themes
Ender’s Game: Quotes
Ender’s Game: Characters
Ender’s Game: Symbols
Ender’s Game: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Orson Scott Card
Historical Context of Ender’s Game
Other Books Related to Ender’s Game
- Full Title:Ender’s Game
- Where Written:North Carolina / Utah
- When Published: January 15, 1985
- Literary Period:Cold War science fiction
- Genre: Science Fiction Novel, Military Fiction
- Setting:Greensboro, North Carolina / the Battle School space station / the planet Eros
- Climax:Ender defeats the Buggers using the Dr. Device
- Antagonist:While there are many potential antagonists in the book, including Stilson, Peter Wiggin, Bonzo Madrid, and the Buggers, Card suggests that none of these characters are truly enemies—Ender has the capacity to understand them and sympathize with them.
- Point of View:Mostly third person and limited to Ender Wiggin’s perspective, with occasional passages and chapters told from the perspectives of Valentine Wiggin and Colonel Graff.
Extra Credit for Ender’s Game
North Carolina for life: Although Orson Scott Card grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah, he’s lived in Greensboro, North Carolina, for most of his adult life. Readers of Ender’s Game will recognize Greensboro as the city where Valentine and Peter Wiggin spend most of their adolescence—in fact, Card mentions Greensboro in many of his other novels, almost always alluding to the city’s natural beauty.
Family ties: Card has made no secret of the fact that he’s a devout Mormon—in fact, he’s a great-great-grandson of Brigham Young, the second president of the Mormon Church and the leader of the Mormons during their famous “long migration” from the eastern United Sates to Utah.