I need help. I started listening to the audiobook version of Ender’s Game awhile ago, and I have stalled. For those that have read it, I have barely met Mazer Rackham and just have learned Ender’s Battle School friends are with him on whatever that planet is called.
Here’s my question – do I keep reading/listening?
I have gotten so bogged down in the depressing pieces that I have found it hard to pick back up.
I was discussing the book with a friend of mine (who recommends I finish it), and I was explaining that the big reason I have a problem with the book is that Ender isn’t really a child. He’s so young when the book starts, and by the point I am at, he has murdered two classmates, had the weight of the world placed on his shoulders, and been continuously ripped from anything he comes to love by Col. Graff. Ender does not speak like a child nor is he allowed a childhood.
I love Young Adult and books like Peter Pan because I a firm believer that children should experience a childhood. So reading a book that has prematurely aged not one but several children is just so hard to take.
My question for you is, do I finish? Do I wait for the movie to be released and just watch that? And did you have the same problems when you read Orson Scott Card‘s most famous novel the first time, too? Please discuss in the comments below!
(You can argue with me about Hunger Games or any of Carol’s books not allowing the characters to have childhoods, but because those characters are older than SIX YEARS OLD, it’s a lot easier to take. Also, they have a tinge of hope for something better, where I just have never gotten that impression with Ender.)