Here’s a fun game: count the number of ways that Ender gets confined in this book. Actually, that’s not a fun game at all because the subject is just sad. But you can still impress your friends by noting how many different ways Ender (and other characters) has his freedom limited. There are the big ways that get a lot of attention in Ender’s Game, like school (you have to do what the teacher tells you), and the army (you have to obey orders). But then there are other ways that are harder to spot. For instance, there’s familial love (Ender goes to school to protect Valentine) or even DNA (humans built to survive, says Graff). In this book, there are so many instances of confinement that it’s hard to say that we’re free at all.