"Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card
Winner of the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award, Orson Scott Card's masterpiece, "Ender's Game" is absolutely a transfiguring book of genius. A terrific science fiction novel of little geniuses, Card knows that children may have absurd thinking, but to think logically with imagination is to be a genius. "Ender's Game" is the one book that makes you feel like a kid again, but a smart one.
Growing up in a world where compliant families can only have two children, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was a third child. Though asked by the government to be born, Ender is still put through hard times. His older siblings, Peter the cruel and Valentine the good, these two weren't good enough to defeat the species of aliens called "buggers" that nearly wiped out the human race - twice.
After battling the two wars with these deadly and terrifying species that were won by the great Mazer Rackham, Ender was born to defeat them in the third war. Peter was too brutal and Valentine was too passive. Ender was living proof that they weren't good enough.
Ender is a genius, such as his family is, too, he is sent off to the Battle School, to be molded into a future commander. The battle school has a game they play, of strategic armies and brutal leaders, Ender is by far the best, but hates every minute of it, for he acts like a monster, like Peter.
He cannot lose the game, but soon he wants to, and he knows he's simply there to be observed, and if he fails, his life would be meaningless.
"It's what I was born for, isn't it? If I don't go, why am I alive?" (Page 27).
"Ender's Game" is by far one of the best books anyone could read. For the ages of middle school students and older, I would most definitely recommend this book to lovers of sci-fi reads and those who want to feel like little geniuses, too.