He was manipulated by the adult population, although he had some sympathetic adult friends who helped him along.

Interestingly, in my memory of the book, it was all focused on Ender and his struggles. There was a war going on around him. He was dragged into it because of his potential – and they were correct to pick him, yet his social troubles mirrored a lot of my own in school at the time.

He was manipulated by the adult population, although he had some sympathetic adult friends who helped him along. And I remember the part where he was trying to communicate with the queen… something about being on a planet, alien air… and he was daring to do what no one thought to do – try to communicate with the most impossibly hated creature of humanity – to understand.

I can still feel the alien sand below my feet, smell the air, enter the hive. So strange how it stuck with me.

Now, for military movies, Starship Troopers to me is more suitable. I think it’s the comedy in it.

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