What Are We Reading: Ender’s Game
This week, Michelle Corpora tells us about one of her favourite children’s crossover novels.
I’ve always had a soft spot for crossover books. Books for the young that express something so universal that people of all ages are drawn to them. Many of my favorites—the Harry Potter books, His Dark Materials, all the Madeleine L’Engles with the Murry family—are classic fantasy, but one of my absolute favorites of these crossovers is sci-fi. And that’s Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card.
I must have read this book a dozen times at least, and it never ceases to amaze me how Card manages to make a story about a boy genius playing war games in space seem so… so deeply important. He makes you think about relationships, about ethics, about the nature of violence. He makes you question your place in the universe. And all of this embedded in situations and written in language that every 10-year-old can relate to and understand.
Books like this one are as miraculous as a living body—you could take it apart and examine all the pieces, but at the end of the day, there remains something elusive. Something magical that takes all those guts, those words, and makes them come alive. I think I love these books so much because they so beautifully express the joy of writing for children. People who don’t understand children’s literature often see it as simplistic, limiting, only meant to amuse or educate. But Ender’s Game proves that it takes a special talent to write for children—the ability to communicate important things in a language that every mind can understand, and tell a story about a world that every heart longs to visit.
If you haven’t read it yet—do. You won’t be sorry.