Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
It is not easy to clearly describe this book without giving away too much. Ender is a genius, the youngest of three children, who is taken from his family to train as a battle leader in a futuristic society. His brilliance is an asset and a curse, and the book deals with how leadership can be lonely, as well as what it takes to command respect from others.
Ender's older siblings provide an interesting sub-plot. His brother, considered too hardened to be useful, is antagonistic and jealous of Ender. His sister, also brilliant, is judged to be too compassionate for the training.
While there are several things which require great suspension of disbelief, that is true with any science fiction book. This is a story guaranteed to inspire interesting discussions about leadership, societal supremacy, and the obligation of geniuses to help society, even at the expense of their personal well-being.
Topics and Themes for this book:
- Hidden Government Agendas
- Sibling Relationships
- Responsibility of Genius
- Ethics in War
Discussion Questions for this book:
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
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