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I read this book fully in 8th grade and thought it was pretty good. Some of the more infantile humor such as the way Rose de Nose is in the first time we see him I could have done without, but it's a very good story with a very engaging plot about how a lot of people would probably react if they were forced into a war that they didn't know they were fighting, that it was all a game. Hollywood Tactics also goes straight out the window, as Mazer repeatedly points out to Ender. It's a very realistic portrayal of what a kid would go through if forced into a war, to be the perfect soldier, and the book is really good for it.
The movie certainly wasn't that.
\"It\'s a very realistic portrayal of what a kid would go through if forced into a war\"
Please, had a real child, even a gifted one, been in Ender\'s position the war effort would have been royally fucked from the get-go. Sure, he gets beat up and mopes around a lot, but no matter how much suffering he goes through he\'s always physically and mentally well enough to remain better than everyone else at everything. /r/fifthworldproblems has sci-fi stories with more psychological realism.
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