A friend lent me this book. The only thing I knew going into it was that it was science fiction and had won several awards including the Hugo Award. I don't read a lot of sci-fi, mostly just Isaac Asimov (Foundation and Robot series).
The story is about a boy nick-named Ender. He is a "third". The book takes place when it is illegal for parents to have more than two children. However, since his parent's had all ready produced two children with incredible promise and intelligence, they were given a permit to produce another child. Ender is constantly teased and bullied by his older brother and kids at his school for being an outcast, a third. He is only close to his sister, Valentine.
When Ender turns 6, he is taken from his family to attend a military type school off planet. This is where the book turns into a sort of sci-fi "Lord of the Flies". Ender struggles to find his place and survive while doing it. Earth is going to be engaging in a battle against an alien race called the Buggers so, the students are being trained in battle techniques for a soon to come war.
I really liked this story. The ending really took me by surprise, though others I have talked to said they saw it coming. The version of the book I read had a foreword written by the author explaining some of his plot points and defending himself against some of his critics. I had some of the same questions, but he defended it well.
Anyway, great book!