Teacher gives it two thumbs up!
I was introduced to Ender's Game by my husband, long-time a science fiction/fantasy fan. I fell absolutely in love with the book the first time through and have read it (or listened to it) at least 4 more times; I enjoy it more with each read.
It is a Children's story, and very Boy Oriented, which makes it wonderful for my use in my special education junior high school English class. My students are enthralled from the first and maintain a high interest throughout our study of the book. The game aspect, the ?war? orientation, the idea of living away from home, the bullying, the fights, all make this a highly appealing book to many adolescents.
However, there is much more going on in the book, and it opens up areas for discussion such as: the morality of preventive war, the destruction of a species, communication, government controls, zero population growth, relationships between a leader and the troops. The list could go on and on.
The books that follow in this series are very different in setting, tone, themes. In most, Ender is an adult with adult interactions, perceptions, concerns. I have enjoyed them all, but especially this book and Ender's Shadow, which covers the same time period from Bean's perspective.
If you are looking for a high action, fast read, this is the one for you! Enjoy!