Author: Card, Orson Scott
Title: Ender’s game
Title: Ender’s shadow
Author’s website: http://www.hatrack.com/
Ender’s game is about Andrew ”Ender” Wiggin, child genius, and his battle to save our planet. He comes from a family of geniuses; his two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are also identified by the government for their intellect. When Ender is chosen to go to Battle school over Peter and Valentine, their intense family rivalry begins. Peter and Valentine use their intellect to create havoc on Earth by writing political commentary under pseudonyms that allow them to be perceived as adults. In Battle school, Ender struggles because he is very young. Once he enters the competitive squad-based war simulation in zero gravity and is successful, he earns the respect of the children and the adults of Battle school. Does Ender really have what it takes to win the war against the Formics? How will the actions of his brother and sister change his world?
Ender’s Shadow is a parallel story told through the eyes of Bean, Ender’s strategist and ally, in the computer games they play to save the planet. Bean has a rough childhood growing up on the streets of Rotterdam without parents. Sister Carlota saves him from the streets, recognizes his intelligence and finds a way for him to enter Battle school. Once there he earns the respect of his fellow classmates not because of his strength but because of his intellect.
Hugo Awards: Best Novel,Nebula Awards: Best Novel, YALSA 100 Best Books (1950-2000), YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound – Fiction: 1999, Margaret A. Edwards Award 2008