I'm so glad I finally got around to reading this title, that seemed to be forever on my to-read list. A lot of what people list as negative aspects about this book, I loved-- the game details, all of the time spent in the battle room, the old for their age children-- and it was such a fast paced and thrilling read for me. What's equally impressive is that it was also very introspective. It left me thinking, especially about the effects of war and of the "greater good." I loved Ender and I felt for him and a lot of the times I feared him and the sort of weapon he was made into. The only thing I would complain about is the speed of the ending. The big reveal was there in the blink of an eye, and then it felt like it was over not long after that. It's a minor thing, because things are resolved, but just in a broad way, which didn't fit in with how closely and in detail we'd followed Ender and the story previously. I think this is a deceptive book, as good children's books often are. It's a simple story just on top of deeper truths and commentary on humanity, war, government, and jeez, even PTSD. If you're like me and you've been sitting on this title for a while, do yourself the favor and get around to it.