Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, is one of the first science fiction novels I ever read as a child. A recommended read by Paul Fitzmeyer, a close friend of the family whom I consider to be my first mentor and geek inspiration, gave me a copy of the book about twenty years ago. I was immediately absorbed into the story of Ender Wiggin, an outcast child with many traits I felt strangely aligned with, and literally couldn’t put the book down until I finished reading it cover to cover.
I won’t go into a storyline synopsis because so many others already have, so I’ll simply state that Ender’s Game is an absolute must read for any child or teenager who needs some inspiration in their life. Even though I recommend the book for adolescents, it is not a children’s book. Any child that picks up this book will require adult reading skills, and consider the book rated PG13 for mild violence and a complete mindfuck of an ending chapter.