Orson Scott Card
Tor Science Fiction (July 15, 1994)
Paperback - 352 pages
So, you think that sending children to fight the battles of their elders began with The Hunger Games? Think again! At age 6, Ender Wiggin is drafted into the orbital Battle School for rigorous military training to defend the earth from the predation of an alien insect-like force called the "buggers." The result of both genetic engineering and scrupulous selection, a group of children is being competitively trained for the role of Fleet Admiral as the last best chance to defeat the invaders. Ender is the best of them. While nominally Science Fiction, it would fascinate the lovers of The Hunger Games and its sequels as well as Harry Potter fans. It might be especially accessible to lovers of video games - young and old. Like The Hunger Games it has interesting sequels, prequels and related works derived from the same settings and characters. Watch out! It's addictive!