"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees
I finally got to read this sci-fi classic just in time before the movie. It was very engrossing and suspenseful. I kept marveling at how Ender managed to beat the odds with ingenuity, perseverance, and hard work, no matter how difficult the challenges put against him seemed. The concepts presented about war, state control, the role of children, and free will were thought-provoking, although the last chapter was a bit "out there" for me. I also didn't really like the way the narrative would switch in and out of first person point of view without any clear markers. It felt disruptive and jarring for me. But overall this was a quick read that was enjoyable and meaningful at the same time.