A relevant classic
Considering I've been a lifelong reader of sci-fi, it is somewhat surprising that I've only just read this classic for the first time. I was slightly concerned when picking it up that everyone who seems to love it was introduced to it as a kid, and sometimes with certain books, the magic just isn't there for adults. Luckily for me, 'Ender's Game' is very good on its own merits. It tells the story of Ender Wiggin, a young boy who is taken from his family to attend battle school in the hopes that he might save humanity from an old enemy.
Orson Scott Card is surprisingly deft here when dealing with the war on the "buggers." This war seems to be interminable, and no one is entirely sure the enemy is even still a threat. Meanwhile, Ender is being transformed into a war machine. Or so they think. The greatest conflict of the novel is not Ender's development of military skills, but his fight to remain himself, and to keep hold of his compassion, morality, and everything else that makes him human.
I found "Ender's Game" to be a gripping read, and despite the strangeness of reading about child soldiers (of course they do exist in our time, but in more horrific circumstances), the novel does a pretty good job of portraying the kids realistically as they fight to ascend the ranks of the military.
I'm very glad to have finally read this book, and I'm especially relieved that you don't have to be a young adult to appreciate it's worth.