I heard so many good reviews about this book. There is also a movie being made, staring Harrison Ford and the little actor not more that little from Hugo, Asa Butterfield. So I was expecting another masterpiece ready to be trashed by Hollywood.
The main concept explored in the book is the war room. Like a video game, war commander see the battle and issue orders. Special maneuvers and spacial positioning are critical. It’s pure Sun Tsu. It’s Blizzard StarCraft.
However. [spoiler alert]
Orson created an story of a super hero that do not ever fail. Like… never. It is a tale of success after success. The main character knows the extension of his own abilities, knows how to master it and can perform formidably every single time. It seems that the character is cheating in an RPG game to the point to exploit the fun. Super smart, super fast, super agile. Super man.
The narrative style is nice. Besides being a futuristic sci fi universe (usually hard to understand), Orson is good in description so readers always understand the world from the first time. However, the movement description, important to the story, is too visual and difficult to compreend.
There is, tough, a nice message about training. Because for the little Ender, training brought perfection for him. It is somewhat inspiring.