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Welcome to Week 4, the finale of our Ender’s Game Read Along! Today, we wrap up this part of our Ender’s Game coverage. But before we jump into today’s podcast, be aware that next Saturday I’ll announce the Sci-fi Writing Contest, as well as the authors and critics we’ve assembled for one last panel. I’m very excited about how that is shaping up, as we plan to discuss Ender’s Game, Hunger Games, and what sci-fi means to YA readers today.
But for today, we look at the end of the book, as well as some of our take away points from the reading experience. Thanks for reading!
John Ottinger is a writer, classical educator, and dad. His reviews, interviews, and articles have appeared in WORLD magazine, Publishers Weekly, Black Gate, Strange Horizons, SF Signal, and Tor.com. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in English at the University of Central Florida with research interests in Science Fiction, Christianity, and Southern Literature. He blogs at Graspingforthewind.com.
Jack Mertens is a freshman college student at Louisiana Tech University. When he’s not studying or doing homework, he’s probably reading, writing, playing guitar, watching a TV show, attending a Bible study, or hanging out with friends. He is also a regular contributor to the blog Thousand Mile Walk.
Abby Burns is is also a Redeemedreader intern and a rising college freshman in Richmond, Virginia. She has had a love for literature her whole life, stretching all the way from Dr. Seuss to Dostoevsky. Unfortunately, like many readers, she had to learn at a young age that she could not survive on eating, sleeping, and reading alone. (She says she gave it her best shot, though!) Now she divides her time between her family, preparations for her first year of college, and work with her youth group. You can read more of her work at www.wordsoundimage.tublr.com.
And of course, I’m Emily Whitten, mom, WORLD magazine writer, and host for this read along. You can read more about me in Redeemedreader’s About page.
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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS by Emily
1. What did you think of the book’s conclusion? How do Card’s ideas of redemption compare to the Biblical idea of redemption?
2. What did you take away from the reading experience?
3. What did you think of the violence and language? Was it something you’d warn others about? How does Ender’s Game compare to other sci-fi or fantasy books you’ve read in terms of those issues?
4. A lot of readers are offended by Orson Scott Card’s defense of traditional marriage. Some have tried to paint him as a hypocrite by finding homosexuality in Ender’s Game, while others are already protesting the movie because of their belief that Card is anti-gay. What will you say to friends or family who criticize the movie on this account?
What questions do you have about the science in Ender’s Game? We’d love to hear them in the comments below…as well as your answers to some of our questions!
If you’d like more movie-related reading on our site, do check out our Book Thief review and our read along of The Hobbit. And don’t forget to join us next Saturday for the last installment of our read along, as well as the announcement of our Writing Contest!