The first time I saw this edition of Ender’s Game in a bookstore, I did a double take. After all, the baby-faced hero on the cover accidentally kills another kid (and goes on to do worse) in the story. This is a pretty psychologically complex novel and it looks like it’s being marketed toward eight-year-olds.
I’m not saying kids shouldn’t read this book–it’s exactly the kind of thing I would have loved to read when I was in grade school. It just surprises me that a novel meant for adults would be given this kind of cheery makeover.
They say teens who like science fiction will often wander over to the adult section looking for books, but what is it about this particular genre that makes cross-over so easy? Is this a good thing?