Thursday, December 5, 2013

My Favorite Books to Give: YA Science Fiction

I am continuing on the December series all about my favorite books to give. This second installment in my favorite books to give series should be no surprise to anyone who has stopped in before.
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, has been, perhaps, the most impactful book of my life.
I am sure this one is high on everyone’s list because of the recent movie (and you can read my review here), but the film failed to capture something very central to the novel, which is the moral turmoil within the character of Ender Wiggin.

If you have a young reader, whether they love science fiction or not, this is a great book to give them, and one they will likely cherish as they grow up (I know I did).
As a note, Card a Mormon and is fairly vocal about opposing gay marriage. While I am respectful of all religions, I am not respectful of discrimination. Thus, I buy his books used whenever I can, but do not purchase them new to ensure that my money isn’t funneling into lobbying against tolerance. There are many used copies of Ender’s Game on Amazon if you feel the same way.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with this completely. I find Ender's Game to be science fiction in the same way that things like Battlestar Galactica are science fiction. Yes, they're set in space, and yes they're fighting aliens (or robots), but those are just incidental details that lead into the more important discussion of morality that the story is really about. This, for the record, and bubblegum superhero movies with good looking stars are about the only kind of science fiction I can deal with. I don't deal well with hardcore sci-fi; there's only so much I'm willing to suspend my disbelief.