Ender’s Game: A Brief Depiction
Staged in mainly four places. Ender Wiggins childhood town, where he is monitored as a prospective third. He is sent to Battle School, which is a satellite of the earth. Then he ends up on Eros where he attends command school and eventually defeats the buggers.
He spends the rest of his days with Valentine on the first human colonization, approximately 50 light-years away from Earth.
The book takes place in 2190-2200 approx. The advancement of information transportation is significant, in that the ansible is able to transmit information faster than the speed of light, in fact, exactly instantaneous. The starships and fleets they have been able to advance are full on equipped for space and space tugs are similar to barges we have on rivers, and they are used to hull large amounts of materials about space. The fear of buggers is installed within the readers first glance at the book, and maintains constant until the very end when we learn that the buggers are in fact peaceful and loving creatures, unable to communicate that.
The main character, Andrew (Ender) Wiggin is a young child who endures some of the hardest turmoil any human could undergo. He is very brilliant, cunning, paranoid, determined, and above all loving child who becomes mature and eventually saves the world. We see his brilliance from the start and through his days he has become the god-child, and messiah to all who know his name. His paranoia grows steadily throughout the book, due to his lack of trust in any figure he encounters. Any time they show any hint of compassion or any true emotion, ender assumes its all part of the game and plan to make him the best commander alive. His determination comes at us through many different wavelengths.
He is at first solely determined to survive against playground bullies. It evolves into winning the battle games and soon after takes a curve and becomes determination to never play the game again. His most admirable trait though, is without fail the love he rarely but deeply shows for Valentine, his sister and partly companion through and through. He often says in the text that he is not a killer and has never meant to hurt anyone, simply to win the fight and never fight it again. He realizes his true love for the queen-bugger when he hosts her into eventually multiple buggers to start a new world of them.
The first inciting moment that the main conflict of the book begins is when Ender begins his training at the Battle school. He realizes the seriousness of his potential and from then on has one, sometimes hard to spot, but always present goal; to take him beyond any limit and to become what is viewed as the best he can perform. He struggles with this as he loses trust in his mentors, such as Colonel Graff, Major Anderson, and Mazar Rackham. The peaking climax of the book is the disguised victory of the worlds (called Ender’s final examination) where Ender takes his crew to the home planet of the buggers and destroys the planet with the “little doctor.” The device is supremely destructive and leaves nothing behind when executed precisely. Upon the victory for earth, Ender goes through a partial mental break down and is in a coma for a few days.
When he wakes, the battle on earth is over and peter becomes the Hegemon of Earth and Ender is free so to speak. He is asked to join his sister to go to the first human colonization in a bugger encampment and eventually goes with her. The story ends with Ender and Valentine many light-years away from earth, living out the rest of their days in peace. They are in resolution with themselves and with society.
The main catastrophe for Ender is that he did not realize he literally annihilated an entire race.
He believed that he was only playing a simulation and that nothing was actually real. He found this particularly hard, and it caused the mental breakdown and coma to commence. He believed in his soul that he was never a killer and it ended .