“Ender's Game” was controversial when first published in 1985 and remains controversial. A gifted child is shaped into an adolescent military genius through a rigorous, abusive, and manipulative training program that starts at the age of six. Looking deeper reveals a variety of possible interpretations still hotly debated. Issues of morality is a central part of the story. How Orson Scott Card approached those issues and resolved them is the subject of continuing arguments.
In the distant future, two invasions by an alien race called the Formics, more informally known as “buggers”, nearly destroy humanity. The leaders of earth, unwilling to wait for the next attack, decide to go on the offensive, but need a new generation of military leaders. Their solution is a Battle School to mold children into weapons. With its emphasis on military science, discipline, and constant war games, it is an environment intentionally designed to strip away childhood. Into this infernal machine steps child prodigy Andrew “Ender” Wiggin.