I am currently rereading Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card. I’m only about a quarter of the way through it this time around, and I am already struck by the difference in tone from the last several science fiction books I’ve read. The book is undoubtedly scifi based on the future setting and the technologies in the book, but it doesn’t read like scifi. At its core, Ender’s Game is about Ender, the boy genius who may be the savior of humanity. It certainly has an interesting plot, and the application of technology to education is fascinating to me as a parent trying to educate my child at home, but the heart of the story is in the characters and in Ender’s development from the third child in world that allows only two, a misfit in school and at home, into…well, if you haven’t read it I don’t want to give anything away. Suffice it to say whether you like scifi, character studies, military dramas, or books about kids learning they don’t always have to fit in, you will like this book. It is superbly written and one of a fairly small group of works that I am willing to call literature.