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There's a war coming. The same aliens who almost destroyed Earth once are coming back to get the whole job done this time. But we aren't going to just sit and die. The international military is taking our best and brightest to mold them into the finest military minds ever - and they're taking them young. There's a war coming. The same aliens who almost destroyed Earth once are coming back to get the whole job done this time. But we aren't going to just sit and die. The international military is taking our best and brightest to mold them into the finest military minds ever - and they're taking them young.


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There's a war coming. The same aliens who almost destroyed Earth once are coming back to get the whole job done this time. But we aren't going to just sit and die. The international military is taking our best and brightest to mold them into the finest military minds ever - and they're taking them young. There's a war coming. The same aliens who almost destroyed Earth once are coming back to get the whole job done this time. But we aren't going to just sit and die. The international military is taking our best and brightest to mold them into the finest military minds ever - and they're taking them young.

30 review for Ender's Game, Volume 1: Battle School

  1. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    No bookshelf for graphic novels...should probably start one. I LOVE Ender's Game, even tho it took me years of foot-dragging to finally agree to try it. Ender is such a conflicted little boy -- cold-blooded, soft-hearted, and a genius like none other. Is he 'the one' to save the world? The adults behind the scenes of Battle School are trying to find out. They try by challenging him, attempting to break him, isolating him, making him hated by all the other kids...all to see if he is the one. My he No bookshelf for graphic novels...should probably start one. I LOVE Ender's Game, even tho it took me years of foot-dragging to finally agree to try it. Ender is such a conflicted little boy -- cold-blooded, soft-hearted, and a genius like none other. Is he 'the one' to save the world? The adults behind the scenes of Battle School are trying to find out. They try by challenging him, attempting to break him, isolating him, making him hated by all the other kids...all to see if he is the one. My heart broke for Ender in the novel, and seeing his face in this graphic novel makes it even harder. The artists do an amazing job of using Ender's body language to express the emotions he will never share with anyone. They're all here: Bonzo, Peter, Valentine...tormenting, comforting... The artwork is superb, and expresses the movement of the battles, the futuristic setting of Battle School, and the extreme youth of these soldiers...this is a world that trains babies to save the world...but, is a world that does this worth saving? I already know three or four boys who need to read this. I'll be interested in their analysis...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This graphic novel is a great addition to any library - students (especially students who are adverse to reading) will love it. The main essence of the story is kept, as well as some of the original wording/quotes, and some of the introductions from the chapters - which I feel is a great addition. However, students who truly loved the original novel will likely be disappointed. I only gave this novel 3 stars because, for me, it's like a book that has been turned into a movie and does not quite m This graphic novel is a great addition to any library - students (especially students who are adverse to reading) will love it. The main essence of the story is kept, as well as some of the original wording/quotes, and some of the introductions from the chapters - which I feel is a great addition. However, students who truly loved the original novel will likely be disappointed. I only gave this novel 3 stars because, for me, it's like a book that has been turned into a movie and does not quite meet up to your expectations. The original story was so amazing, and I feel that nothing could quite match up to it. The characters do not look like I imagined they would, and I am VERY VERY disappointed that they are calling the 'buggers' Formics now instead. Though I understand the reason behind 'formic' (formic acid is found in insects and is used for dyeing fabrics), but I feel a lot of the essence is lost by 'formalizing' the term used in the original novel. I also feel that I've read the original book so many times that the differences in this version are immediate and glaring to me. As for the artwork - I feel that the characters (in general) look too similar, although the 'extreme' scenes (when they unplug Ender, the confrontation with Stilson and the aftermath, the giant's death, etc) are quite effective in their explicitness. A worthwhile read, mostly because it is such a quick read, but does not stand up to the original.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    A nice rendering of Ender's time just before Battle School and then during part of the engagement. Artwork is crisp and efficiently used. People who have not read the novels may be a bit lost as this doesn't lay down enough backstory but does just fine for those who have read the book. Overall, solid good to very good work. ARTWORK:B to B plus; DIALOGUE/CHARACTERS: B to B plus; STORY/PLOTTING: B; SETTING/TONE: B plus; WHEN READ: early to mid May 2012; OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus. A nice rendering of Ender's time just before Battle School and then during part of the engagement. Artwork is crisp and efficiently used. People who have not read the novels may be a bit lost as this doesn't lay down enough backstory but does just fine for those who have read the book. Overall, solid good to very good work. ARTWORK:B to B plus; DIALOGUE/CHARACTERS: B to B plus; STORY/PLOTTING: B; SETTING/TONE: B plus; WHEN READ: early to mid May 2012; OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus.

  4. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    As far as I can remember the comic follows the book faithfully, but I recommend reading the book too. The images in the comic should help with some scenes in the book, but the comic couldn't fit all the details, so the book is still the way to go. I'm not sure if I should compliment the scripter for the comic when Orson Scott Card is the real brains behind the Ender universe. Still, he deserves credit for doing such a good job of it. Andrew 'Ender' Wiggin has always been a special child, even aft As far as I can remember the comic follows the book faithfully, but I recommend reading the book too. The images in the comic should help with some scenes in the book, but the comic couldn't fit all the details, so the book is still the way to go. I'm not sure if I should compliment the scripter for the comic when Orson Scott Card is the real brains behind the Ender universe. Still, he deserves credit for doing such a good job of it. Andrew 'Ender' Wiggin has always been a special child, even after his monitor, an implant, was removed from his body and after he was branded a 'third.' An act of violence in school gets him a visit from colonel Hyrum Graff who invites Ender to Battle School. It's a special military training institution that trains genius-level kids to lead armies against the Formics, an alien race that nearly wiped out the human race in the previous war. Ender accepts and is immediately singled out by his teachers to isolate him from his peers in order to instill creativity and turn him into a great soldier. (view spoiler)[The Battle School isn't any better than his previous school. Almost all the students hate or envy him, but he is determined to do his best even with the occasional punch to his face. His proficency in the null gravity battles gains him respect from his team leader, but also more hatred from everybody else. The teachers manipulate him by allowing a single letter from his sister who never forgot about him. She knows she sold him out by sending it, as the effect on Ender is exactly what the teachers wanted and he gets admitted to command school. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    Andrew Wiggin is only a young boy, but in the eyes of his world’s leaders, he may be humanity’s only hope. Decades ago, Earth was ravaged by invasions of swarming insect-like creatures and fought them off only by the skin of its teeth. What made the difference was superior command ability – a man who performed a miracle, a virtual inheritor of Alexander the Great. Although the skies have been silent since, all Earth knows that somewhere in the depths must be another insectoid fleet, a third inv Andrew Wiggin is only a young boy, but in the eyes of his world’s leaders, he may be humanity’s only hope. Decades ago, Earth was ravaged by invasions of swarming insect-like creatures and fought them off only by the skin of its teeth. What made the difference was superior command ability – a man who performed a miracle, a virtual inheritor of Alexander the Great. Although the skies have been silent since, all Earth knows that somewhere in the depths must be another insectoid fleet, a third invasion, and against an empire stands one frail planet…and one not-so-frail boy. Ender's Game is the story of a young boy chosen to be groomed to be Earth's next saviour, The cost of Earth's salvation is his own childhood, as he is forced to leave his sister on Earth behind for many years: enrolling at six, his first leave is scheduled for his sixteenth birthday. (He doesn't too much mind leaving his brother behind, since Peter is an abusive jerk with dreams of world conquest.) Ender's Game is the story of Ender's upbringing on stations in space, living and training with other gifted children every day in highly elaborate zero-gravity games Ender is the best of the best, and forced to be so by the adults who condition him psychologically to be the ideal general -- not only strategically smart, but forcefully decisions, a man capable of taking the lives of thousands and the future welfare of millions into his own hands. Although the sci-fi setting is inescapably important, the book is driven by character drama -- the book alternates between Ender's story and that of his sister Valentina's, who with Peter makes the Wiggin children a trio of dangerous intelligence. Although Ender engages in combat virtually every day, this comes in the form of in-person zero-g laser tag games or computer simulations. Ship to ship combat is rendered only distantly, but that makes it exciting is experiencing Ender's thoughts as he takens in the chaos of the battlefield, sees patterns emerging, and then creates a plan on the fly to check the adversary. Ultimately things deeper than just a boy growing up to find greatness during a war; Card gets a little philosophical toward the end, a trend which I understand continues more in books like Speaker for the Dead. Though I read this primarily for a reading challenge, I could see continuing in the series. Related: Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein. Humans vs bugs, but more SF war and political philosophy, less childhood stress.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Keat Wilson

    I decided to read this book because it was the only book on the prize-winners list that I had some interest in. A character I found interesting was Peter, Ender's brother. I really disliked Peter because of how ignorant and jealous he was of Ender. Peter was jealous because he wasn't selected for battle school and for not being as smart as his brother. Peter is power crazy and wants to be top of everything, and his anger only increased when Ender got higher and higher ranked. A quote I found inter I decided to read this book because it was the only book on the prize-winners list that I had some interest in. A character I found interesting was Peter, Ender's brother. I really disliked Peter because of how ignorant and jealous he was of Ender. Peter was jealous because he wasn't selected for battle school and for not being as smart as his brother. Peter is power crazy and wants to be top of everything, and his anger only increased when Ender got higher and higher ranked. A quote I found interesting was “I don't care if I pass your test, I don't care if I follow your rules. If you can cheat, so can I. I won't let you beat me unfairly - I'll beat you unfairly first. - Ender ” I learned a lot from this book, one of the things I learned was that being jealous doesn't make you better, going out and working hard and improving yourself is much better.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Vincent

    Amazing read! While a Sci-Fi book, Orson Scott doesn't care to confuse us with "tech talk" and prefer to show us the development of a child genius in the Battle School. Amazing read! While a Sci-Fi book, Orson Scott doesn't care to confuse us with "tech talk" and prefer to show us the development of a child genius in the Battle School.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    It's Ender's Game, so of course I love the story, but this graphic novel adaptation didn't do it for me. This covers the first half of the novel. I did find it interesting to get a visual rendering of the battle school and different characters, but I wasn't a fan of some of the coloring and the uniforms; they distracted too much from the characters. It became quite difficult to identify a boy or girl by their face while they were wearing helmets, and that happened frequently. The other obvious dow It's Ender's Game, so of course I love the story, but this graphic novel adaptation didn't do it for me. This covers the first half of the novel. I did find it interesting to get a visual rendering of the battle school and different characters, but I wasn't a fan of some of the coloring and the uniforms; they distracted too much from the characters. It became quite difficult to identify a boy or girl by their face while they were wearing helmets, and that happened frequently. The other obvious downside of the format is how condensed everything is. This is an adaptation, so it is bound to happen, but I never developed a bond with any of the characters like I do when reading the novel. Despite all this, I'm reading two more volumes in the series. I picked up three of them from the library, and they take very little time to read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    This was a good adaptation of the first part of Ender’s Game. Of course, it lacks the nuance of the novel, and I missed being inside Ender’s head and understanding his motivations, but the story still works as a graphic novel. The illustrations are beautiful and the text they chose is enough to understand the story without pages and pages of information. I haven’t read this story in a long time, and while I still love it, after being a teacher for nine years and working with actual 6-year-olds, This was a good adaptation of the first part of Ender’s Game. Of course, it lacks the nuance of the novel, and I missed being inside Ender’s head and understanding his motivations, but the story still works as a graphic novel. The illustrations are beautiful and the text they chose is enough to understand the story without pages and pages of information. I haven’t read this story in a long time, and while I still love it, after being a teacher for nine years and working with actual 6-year-olds, it is incredibly difficult for me to suspend my disbelief and accept that they would be able to do what they do in this book (babies getting shipped off to Battle School and acting like soldiers, commanders, speaking in articulate full sentences...) It’s just not realistic. Even if they are geniuses. Still, it’s a great story and a fascinating premise.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mayank Agarwal

    Good Sci-fi story with decent supporting art Loved it, I end up reading Enders game every half a decade or so, this time around decided to give the graphic novel a shot and I was not disappointed. Of course, it is not as deep as the novels but does a fair job and the art although not glorious complements the storytelling with its illustrations. The plot revolves around children being trained to be soldiers and commanders from a young age for a fight against aliens. The story focuses on the traini Good Sci-fi story with decent supporting art Loved it, I end up reading Enders game every half a decade or so, this time around decided to give the graphic novel a shot and I was not disappointed. Of course, it is not as deep as the novels but does a fair job and the art although not glorious complements the storytelling with its illustrations. The plot revolves around children being trained to be soldiers and commanders from a young age for a fight against aliens. The story focuses on the training and challenges faced by the brightest and most hopeful of the young kids, Ender Wiggins.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    Christopher Yost's interpretation of OrsOn Scott Card's Ender's Game was brilliant. The Book Ender's game is from the inside of Ender's mind, all his thoughts, Then the movie came out and that combined Enders Shadow and Ender's game and provided a third party storyline, and Now Yost has retold the story from the viewpoint of Col. Graff. I loved it , but keep in mind i'm a freak. regardless this was a good read. Christopher Yost's interpretation of OrsOn Scott Card's Ender's Game was brilliant. The Book Ender's game is from the inside of Ender's mind, all his thoughts, Then the movie came out and that combined Enders Shadow and Ender's game and provided a third party storyline, and Now Yost has retold the story from the viewpoint of Col. Graff. I loved it , but keep in mind i'm a freak. regardless this was a good read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ryk Stanton

    I think the artwork is amazing, and it stays as close to the novel as it can. There are a few things here and there that I would have done differently, and I am not sure the story would be comprehensible to someone who has not read the novel first, but as a companion to the novel this is top-notch. I've been sharing it in class after we read chapters, and the kids love it :) I think the artwork is amazing, and it stays as close to the novel as it can. There are a few things here and there that I would have done differently, and I am not sure the story would be comprehensible to someone who has not read the novel first, but as a companion to the novel this is top-notch. I've been sharing it in class after we read chapters, and the kids love it :)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Callie *Fights Censorship*

    A quick way to revisit the world of Ender Wiggins. Very true to the original but the art style was not completely successful or satisfying. Character design made it difficult for me to tell one kid from another. The technology also didn't quite live up to my imagination. However it must be a near impossible task to illustrate a world and characters already engrained in the mind of the reader. A quick way to revisit the world of Ender Wiggins. Very true to the original but the art style was not completely successful or satisfying. Character design made it difficult for me to tell one kid from another. The technology also didn't quite live up to my imagination. However it must be a near impossible task to illustrate a world and characters already engrained in the mind of the reader.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    I read this trilogy strait through and can’t believe how much I enjoyed it. Science fiction is not my genre of choice but I devoured these. There was a gripping story line, well developed characters, and layered meaning. The series possibly warrants re-reading.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    Classic - loved this.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Poirier

    an awesome space graphic novel, tons of messed up parts but an awesome story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vlad Andrus

    Only second to Ender's Shadow. This is a classic and would recommend the whole Ender Saga to any Sci-Fi fan. Only second to Ender's Shadow. This is a classic and would recommend the whole Ender Saga to any Sci-Fi fan.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Douglas

    Spectacular writing - a creative masterpiece that balances a child's sensitivities and vulnerabilities with the fame his abilities and achievements provide. Spectacular writing - a creative masterpiece that balances a child's sensitivities and vulnerabilities with the fame his abilities and achievements provide.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Doug Paterson

    wow. what a great read (listen actually).

  20. 5 out of 5

    PJ Capelli

    Highly recommended. A page turner to the end, and created a world I found easy to picture in my minds eye. Great sci-fi mixed with character development and humanity.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jared Urchek

    Amazing

  22. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Book is waaaay better. I’m going to erase these images from my mind and go back to relying on my imagination, which provides much more satisfying visuals for this great story. D+

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hassan

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Colin

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fausto

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eliza

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jalon

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Antonio

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Candido

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

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