Ender’s Game – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis

Ender’s Game – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis

What’s good my well-read ballas? This week
we rememberin: Don’t hate the playa, hate the GAME- with Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. It’s the future and you best believe dem humans
got their intergalactic travel game CLUTCH-status. Only prollem is: a crew of nasty aliens called
buggers, who been tusslin’ over turf with humans fo’ way too long. Humanity ain’t got
the numbers they got, so they all tweakin’ that the next time they go toe to toe with
the buggers, it’ll be their last. So to get the jump on dem creepers, da military hit
the streets lookin’ for special genius-kids to take their military strategy game next-level.
The book follow da military’s best hope: six year old Andrew Wiggin, or Ender to his boys.
Brutha may be a lil’ G, but he is WICKED smart. So when some punk-ass bitch named Stilson
roll up with his gang tryna throw down, Ender make sho’ dat fool don’t neva’ come trippin
to his face again: he actually KILLS Stilson, even tho, at the time, he didn’t know he jacked
him up so raw. Good thing too, cuz at his core, Ender a sensitive lil’ homie with a heart
of gold. Back at home, Ender always gettin’ picked
on by his violent-ass 10 year old bro Peter. Ender’s 8 year old sister Valentine, tho,
is way mo’ chill, and she stick up fo’ Ender on the reg.
When word comes dat lil’ Ender knows how to bang out like a champ, a Colonel named Graff
drop by and invite his ass to Battle School- where he gonna learn to fight da buggers.
Peter pissed as hell that Ender got chosen instead of him.
Up at battle school, it don’t take long fo’ errybody to realize dat Ender the smartest
hood up in thurr fo sho- and cuz o dat, Graff actually tryna’ keep Ender from makin’ legit
friends, cuz he think da only way Ender can get to the top of his game is if he flyin’
solo. When he ain’t wreckin’ shop in The Battle Room and trainin’ other kids, Ender plays
the “mind game”- a computer program dat analyzes kid’s psychology. None of dem kids can get
past a part of da game called “The Giants Game” where a brutha gotta pick between two
cups o’ drank, one of which gonna kill em. Afta’ Ender gets merced by dat killa’ sizzurp
fo’ da millionth time, he straps up again: Instead of sippin,’ he knocks over dat joose
and burrows a damn hole in the giant’s EYE. DAMN. Thing is, Ender cain’t stand doin sh**
like that cuz it remind him of his brother Peter. Dude even say “This was supposed to
be a game…. I’m a murderer, even when I play.” (65)
Ender gets promoted in and transferred to armies left n right, and eventually
callin’ the shots as commander of his own army. Along da way, Ender makin’ all kinds
of enemies who jealous of his mad gangsta skillz. When one of his haters- some boy named
Bonzo who way older and bigger than Ender, tries to boot up in the shower, Ender do what
he always do: he make DAMN sho’ dat Bonzo ain’t eva’ gonna try and scrap wit’ him again.
ENDER ICES DAT FOOL TOO- but jus’ like last time, he don’t even know it til’ later.
10 years old now, Ender real tired of all his teachers’ sh** at the Battle School: errytime
he get close to somebody, or shows dat he got all da games SOWED UP, the rules change
and Ender goes back to grindin all day erry day. Eventually, Ender has HAD it and wanna
jus’ peace da fu** out. So Graff takes Ender back to earth so that Valentine can give him
a pep talk. While Ender been whoopin’ ass in space, Valentine
and Peter been busy too: see, it turns out that Val and Pete got brains jus as big as Ender.
Da only reason they didn’t get picked by Graff is cuz Val too nice, and Peter too insane
in the membrane, always killin’ sh**. Even though they jus’ lil kids, Pete and Val know
that people all ova’ da world ain’t jus’ ready fo’ war with the Buggers; nah, blood- they
also gonna beef wit’ eachotha. Val and Pete realize dat humanity ain’t gonna last unless
somebody with brains runnin’ the show- so they get up on dat futuristic Facebook and
start gettin’ mad street cred talkin’ politics. Ender finally gets his sh** together, but
don’t go back to the Battle School: da military decide da clock is tickin wit da buggers, so
they send his ass to Command School, even though he ain’t even close to 16 yet.
There, Ender meet a dude with some major swagger- Rackham, the OG general dat whooped the Buggers
back in the day. Afta’ some choice words from the big dawg, Ender goes in to a new simulator
where he commanding a posse of his own. Fo’ days, Ender fights battle after battle, some
of em seem straight up impossible! But in the end, Ender keeps it real and always finish
numba’ one- even destroying the entire Bugger planet. Erryone on the base all geeked at
the win and Rackham tell Ender: “That wasn’t no simulation bro. You just killed all the
buggers fo’ real.” OH NO YOU DIDN’T! Ender feelin’ so sh**ty for committin’ genocide
dat he passes da fu** out, goin in and out of consciousness while humanity go and make
an ass of itself: RIGHT after takin’ care of the buggers, peeps worldwide are at eachother’s
throats. C’mon FO REAL? But guess who come out on top: Peter, Ender’s brother. Scary ass family,
mayne. When erryone realize Ender too dangerous to
allow back on Earth, E-dawg and Valentine throw up the deuces and start helpin’ colonize
empty bugger worlds. Along the way, Ender actually finds the pupa of a queen bugger,
ready to hatch a hundred thousand lil buggers. Turns out, da buggers been readin’ his mind
fo’ years. So does he smoke dat ho? Nuh-uh playa. Ender better than that. He and Valentine
snatch her up and keep on cruising, hopin’ to find a place where the hive queen can set
up shop in peace. This book right here might be called Ender’s GAME, but Ender sho as hell ain’t playin.
Him, Peter and Valentine got PHAT brains that make em some real badasses. Their swole abilities
in line with one of the dankest themes of da book: the power to understand others. Peter
digs up people’s fears and uses it against them, Valentine figgers out what people love
about themselves and flatters em’, and Ender got the ability to look deep in to sombody, and
think like them. Card actually wavin’ dat symbol in our faces on page 11, where we got
Ender tryin’ on a bugger mask and wonderin’ what Buggers think bout humans. Fo’ Ender,
this power it’s both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, he able to use it to smack up
his enemies like a G. Like Ender say: “Every time, I’ve won because I could understand
the way my enemy thought. From what they did. I could tell what they thought I was doing,
how they wanted the battle to take shape.” (238)
Ain’t all gravy though, Errytime Ender mops the floor wit’ somebody, he kills a little
piece of himself: “In the moment when I truly understand my
enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love
him…. And then, in that very moment when I love them… I destroy them. I make it impossible
for them to ever hurt me again.” (238) So when Ender learn that he wiped out a whole
colony, you best BELIEVE dat messed him up. And speakin’ of messed up, dat mind game is
all kinda whacked- or at least, what it shows us is. Not only does the mind game bring together
the themes of Ender’s guilt, and games, but it also reppin’ dat ain’t NUTHIN gonna stop
Ender from doin’ what he gotta do. And in Ender’s case, we see over and over dat in
order for him to become top-dawg, he’s gotta straight up kill children.
Not only does Ender kill kids in the mind game and also outside it: Stilson, Bonzo,
an even his own childhood… Not to mention a million lil’ bugger kids.
Through the Giant’s Drink again, past the wolf-children, reliving the terrible deaths,
the constant murders; he heard a voice whispering in the forest, You had to kill the children
to get to the End of the World.” (300) So can we blame Ender fo’ bein’ a killin’
machine? Or do Graff, Racham, and all da other peeps that made Ender what he is have to ride
the beef? Sho, at the end of the book, da court finds Ender not guilty for Bonzo and
Stilson’s deaths, sayin’ he acted in self defense. But don’t forget what Rackham say
to Ender about the buggers: Don’t start apologizing for them, Ender. Just
because they didn’t know they were killing human beings doesn’t mean they weren’t killing
human beings.” (270) I guess dat Ender thought like da buggers
even mo’ than he could have imagined. Hey, thanks for keepin’ it real with me today, peace.

Comments (100)

  1. Personally one of my favorite sci-fi novel series

  2. What a great book. Sad Orson is kind of dumb irl

  3. thanks better than the movie and a great help to me and my friend

  4. Confession: I finally read this book just so I could watch this video. Great work, as usual.

  5. It's refreshing to hear an analysis of Ender's Game without taking a huge tangent to talk about Card's personal beliefs or politics.

  6. god thank you so much for thug notes

  7. "This book called 'Enders Game' But he aint PLAYIN!" I cracked the fuck up

  8. Please do "Starship Troopers" by Robert A. Heinlein!!!!!!!!

  9. I love Ender's Game but holy balls is the first sequel a dreadful boring slog.

  10. I love this movie and book so good

  11. why they gotta be white man, cause in the movie they white??

  12. Thanks I had to do a book report of
    The Enders game
    And it was

  13. Do speaker for the dead

  14. The rest of the book series is so strange, going from Ender splitting his personality to two other people, pig tree people, a planet of ocd Asians, and more!

  15. I thought it was Bonzo Madrid he took out. Ah well. Awesome! Oh, nevermind. Bonzo was once he was at Battle School.Woops!

  16. Aye G, I love your videos to death!!!
    Would love to see a video of Inherent Vice

  17. nueromancer do nueromancer

  18. It's really odd how, when he dies, Peter is known as one of the greatest humans to have ever lived, when he was a little monster and Ender, the savior of mankind is seen as a murderous psycopath,

  19. Lonesome Dove! Best western of all time.

  20. Love this book..thanks Doc.

  21. can you do the serpent king by Jeff zentner

  22. I've never hit subscribe so fast.

  23. 3:02 Bonzo bigger than ender XD well they got that wrong in the movie

  24. Ender sounds like a Gary stue

  25. 1:49 Excuse me?! I think Bean would like a word

  26. dont get why people hate this writer so much

  27. Hey dude, haven't watched the whole video and just commented on LotR to say do the rest. But nah you don't need to read the other books. Thanks for the entertainment

    Except you should totally do Enders shadow

  28. Just finished the book it is so emotional and i also just learned that there is a series, cover the series including speaker for the dead, xenophile, and children of the mind.

  29. Daredevil born again

  30. This book is worse than I remember.

  31. Been years since I read it, but it seems like an allegory for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and how Americans,or any sovereign nation, or anyone, should feel more empathy for their enemies. Ender is essentially Oppenheimer in this book, but the themes of empathy are strong and Ender definitely has a lot of it, so much so that it overcomes his fear of the enemy and his mission that he know he was selected for.

  32. Yo bruv sick review bro peace man I preciate it bruv I’m tryna lern to read and write betta and I readin this bro so safe safe much love awesome X

  33. It’s pronounced “Bone-zo” not “Bahn-zo”

  34. BONE-SO, not BON-ZO, pisshead.

  35. I just found your channel looking for reactions to enders game so I can hear if other people "Got it." I think it's a brilliant story that a lot of people may have missed the point of. Once I heard your…. "review" I knew you got it, and broke it down in a way that's both easy to understand, and entertaining. And really does get the message of the book across. I've now watched 3 of your videos, all of them equally impressive. Well done, you've got a new subscriber, keep up the great work.

  36. The Fantasy Game is to me the most intriguing and dynamic aspect of the book to me, my head was so fucked when Ender found the recreated make-believe land on the colonized planet that the buggers made for him.

    Oh and don't forget the symbolism in his nickname. He's called "Ender" due to his very philosophy of ending conflicts before they arise.

  37. What are the page numbers for the quotes??? I can't find the quotes used in the analysis anywhere.

  38. I used this for a book report and I got a B+ thanks dude

  39. Do Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?!

  40. lmfao good shit 1:03

  41. I like your easter eggs – the stuff like switching the symbols on Ender's uniform.

  42. A musical interpretation of the end of the book:

  43. Had 24 hour duty here in 29 Palms, read the entire thing, shit shook me bro, I like books that can directly relate to your military career and the humanity of war


  45. Love this show. Spot on and funny as hell. My book reports in high school aren’t even on the same level. Good work. Cheers

  46. Oh my god. Do a Clive Barker one. Weaveworld is my favoite

  47. Man, Ender is one stone cold killa.

  48. Why do fans treat this book like an epic? Read Andrea Norton – that's quality science fiction writing.

  49. Can you do A is for abomination?
    How can you read this cack?
    Even a 9-minute synopsis cloys.
    OSC is the most overrated writer. Period.

  50. Bone-So Not Bonzo

    Yeah, I read it XD

  51. This man is the greatest thing the internet has ever created, and I hope he becomes the wealthiest person in history.

  52. Can you do Jack London's Call of the Wild and White Fang?

  53. this teaches me more than middle school language arts

  54. iIho de puta! It’s Bone-so! Bonito de Madrid

  55. Thx i needed to read this book for school but never finished it

  56. one of the things I really love about the book is it outlines the fear that humans harbor for the "other." In the book there are 2 bugger invasions, after the second the buggers learn a horrifying truth. Buggers aren't sentient, they're similar to drones, the only one with the ability to think for themselves and be an individual is the queen and in bugger society it's absolutely forbidden to kill a queen for any reason exactly because they are individuals. After the second invasion they learned that every human was an individual the way each queen was and it horrified them. They thought by killing humans it was like saying "hello" or "Hi, I'm here" but when they learned they decided never to launch another invasion. The entire point of the book "to kill the buggers before they kill humanity" was never going to happen. Humans were just so afraid of the buggers that it became a them or us mentality. I think it underscored nicely the fear and anger humans can feel towards groups or things they don't understand, particularly if it harms them.

  57. Do Watership Down!!!

  58. The buggers didn't know they were killing human beings?? You might have skipped over too much! (I didn't read the book obviously)

  59. This can't be you natural voice.

  60. Haha! This is going to be great for my book project…….hehe??. 2019?

  61. Im reading enders game rn in my English class and today we made our teacher really mad and he is making us do a 100 question test on the book and we haven't even finished it yet.

  62. Do His Dark Materials Trilogy!!

  63. HAHAHAHA this shit is SOOOO FUNNY but also dead on accurate!!! It might be meant to be a funny review, but it is a PERFECT REVIEW!!!

  64. Excellent summary & review! Love this book!

  65. Fuck I should've listened to this before the test

  66. I want the thug notes book but, I really want it in hardcover. Will there ever be a hardcover copy?

  67. You might be a vampire ?

  68. Daym. This format of reviewing books makes me want to read some ?

  69. This book was awful.

  70. Hilarious… subscribed man ?

  71. Was there a sequel to this book?

  72. This is accurate literally doesn’t leave a single thing out

  73. This is just racist. I love it haha.

  74. Lol thanks for helping me with my summer project?

  75. I had to read this for summer reading but I hate sci fi books do here I am

  76. this made my assessment easy af now don’t need to read the whole book

  77. So… what about Bean? So disappointed that was left out.

  78. Would be cool to see a thug notes summary of the whole series or even just Beans story from Enders Shadow

  79. Bruh it ain’t genocide, it’s Xenocide

  80. Ha, this is awesome. I love Enders Game. As a kid it got me into reading.

  81. 5:09 I went in and out of consciousness reading chapter 13-15 at 4 in the morning

  82. love your take on things

  83. That’s why he’s called Ender cause he ends people!

  84. 5:06 Xenocide. Not genocide.

  85. This video makes me want to clear my throat

  86. The only thing he missed was Card being LDS, and that affecting his worldview. Who ever wrote this definitely read the bloody book, which most reviewers show no evidence of doing.

  87. You forgot Nullo space

  88. Man I miss Thug Notes man I miss bug notes

  89. Did you ever get around to doing a Thug Notes for "Ender's Shadow?" The book that happens at the same time as Ender's Game, but follows Bean instead.

  90. Inb4 thug notes promotes generic stereotypes

  91. Such a GREAT book!

  92. Please do Homeless Bird!!! It is a really great book that shows what India was like in the 1600s and 1700s. I highly recommend it!!!

  93. This is legitimately the best rundown of this book I've ever heard. My man.

  94. Can you do a video on Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra?

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