Science fiction

Point of View

Most of the book is presented from Ender's point of view, although we are occasionally allowed inside the head of a few other characters.


The tone is increasingly urgent as the book progresses.


Immediate past


The future; the book starts on earth, and quickly moves into space, although Earth plays a prominent role until the end.


Each chapter starts with a conversation between two adults, usually members of the I.F. high command, and their discussion foreshadows the events of the chapter.


The climax of the novel occurs when Ender fights what he thinks is his final test in Command School but what is actually the last battle of the Third Invasion.

Falling Action

Ender finds the landscape that the buggers created for him and follows it to the message they left him—the last remaining bugger queen, still a mere pupa.