I had never heard of these books or the author before quite recently, and I am blown away by these books!
This is an amazing series by an amazing author, but apparently they are marketed as "juvenile fiction," which would explain why I hadn't encountered them before. My girlfriend, who is a few years younger than me, turned me on to them. She said Ender's Game
had been required reading one year during high school for her, and that was how she found out about them. (What a cool teacher that must have been...)
At any rate, I'm just now about to finish the sixth book, Shadow of the Hegemon
, and I just wanted to shout from the nearest treetop that this is one of the best freaking series of books I've ever read. Orson Scott Card is a brilliant man with quite a multidimensional worldview, and the storyline is just really complex and philosophical... I can't imagine why they are marketed necessarily to kids, other than the stories are about
I'm just blown away by them!!
So, I created this thread to turn other people on. I don't want this thread to give anything away, so I won't give any details, but the series takes place in the near(ish) future, and begins with the story of kids who live in a battle school orbiting Earth, where they are training to command armies in a war against an alien race that previously committed atrocities on Earth.
And it goes on from there.
If anyone wishes to post in this thread who has read the book before, feel free to echo my sentiment (or disagree with me, for that matter!), just PLEASE don't give away any details, to keep it fresh for anyone who wants to read them.
At least, if you feel the need to mention specific parts, try to provide spoiler alerts in the appropriate spots.
Okay, so, if you haven't read these books, and you like science fiction, and you also like existential/spiritual/philosophical subject matter, READ THESE BOOKS!!
That is all.