Ender’s Game Saga
Orson Scott Card has got to be one of the more intelligent men alive today. I recently finished listening to the entire Ender’s Game Saga. All 4 books were incredible! It was very interesting to see the evolution of Card’s writing style as the series progressed. Ender’s Game was full of complex and ingenious battle scenes at the battle school, but what really makes the book is the human insight.
Card’s ability to delve into the human psyche and explain in such great detail the multiple forces pulling at young Ender Wiggin is astounding. It makes one wonder if Card himself has gone through comparable self conflicts because of his obvious enhanced intelligence.
It seemed like Card shifted from battle and traditional sci-fi’ness to more and more human insight. We can learn a lot from the complex relationships that are brought to light through these books. Speaker for the Dead is definitely the best book about human insight. Why people do what they do and how we can never judge people because we never know the entire story. Now for sheer cool science, you have to love Xenocide. So many crazy and cool concepts.
So I’m waiting to start on the Shadow Series. It’s a parallel series to the Ender Sage with the main character being Bean, Ender’s right hand man in battle school and in the “simulation game” in command school. I wanted to move away for just a bit to give my mind a break. Although I love the books, they are very emotionally intense.
I’m also trying to find out if there is an additional book to the Ender’s Saga. In an special afterword of Children of the Mind, Card mentioned that he was going to write a book that would tie the two series together and specifically said that we would find out more about the descolada planet. I’d like to know whether he has already written it or it’s still in the future. I could only wish it’s out already…. and in audio format (I don’t have time to read and so all my “reading” is listening during commute).
And this made me laugh.