Halo is a videogame series that is more or less space opera. Aliens, space ships, battles, explosions, the fate of the universe, supersoldiers, all that good stuff.
Ender’s Game is more or less the same thing, except confined to one training facility for super-genius tacticians.
Somebody made this movie, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, and it’s free on Youtube. Here’s the first 20 minutes if you want to give it a shot:
We just watched it, and boy oh boy. Here’s the official summary:
Thomas Lasky came to Corbulo Academy of Military Science with his mother and brother’s impressive military careers hanging over his head. Haunted by ghosts from his past, he has serious doubts about the war he’s expected to fight. As fellow cadet Chyler Silva tries to help him find his place at the academy, tensions with other squad members approach the breaking point.
And then they get attacked by the Covenant (aliens).
We finished watching it, and I immediately ordered the first novel, The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund (which is every bit as good as Forward Unto Dawn.)
Lasky and Ender are similar: they think too much, they care deeply about people, and they have baggage. But while at the end, Ender is shattered and becomes a prophet, Lasky becomes a hero.
If you like Ender’s Game, and the whole military sci-fi premise, give Forward Unto Dawn a try. At the very least it’ll entertain you.
It’s also kind of fun to see Susan from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe shooting stuff. 🙂
While the world of Ender’s Game reduces the alien invasion to a big misunderstanding, the world of Halo has really bad aliens. Humans have colonized lots of planets, and the soldiers are being trained to quell insurrectionists–until these aliens, the Covenant, show up and start destroying human planets. Humans then have to band together to fight a desperate war against the Covenant.
It’s great fun. And it’s very character-driven, which for me (I’m not really a fan of loads of worldbuilding and cardboard characters) was a plus.