Ender’s Game seems to have drawn them out of the woodwork. We had a dozen people show up to our no commitment book club meeting, which works on a drop-in basis. A bit surprised that the doorbell kept ringing, I wondered if it was due to the current Orson Scott Card controversies, the opportunity for reading during summer vacations, or the short length and accessibility of this young adult sci-fi classic. Apparently it was all three factors – and more. There was consensus among the 12 that it was a great read that got us thinking. After all, Ender’s Game touches on all the usual young adult themes of power and control, good vs evil, friends vs enemies, children vs adults, isolation vs belonging. Also there are the sci fi elements exploring possible futures and technologies, the ethics of interacting with alien species, the mind play of imagining zero gravity. And there are heavy philosophical questions common to contemplative fiction around genetic engineering and the pursuit of intelligence/excellence. In retrospect, Ender’s Game is perfect for a book club – and, in my opinion, which was hotly contested during our discussion, for a high school English classroom.
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