There was a book that I'd read a while back but can't for the life of me remember the name of. There was a boy who went to space during an alien war and managed to defeat the aliens by taking out their leader.

The boy's name is a blank, however, he was odd, as in not normal. He was the third child and the book started with some sort of medical procedure.

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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card?

The boy's name was Andrew Wiggin, but was nicknamed "Ender". He was a third child (two older siblings called Valentine and Peter), and at the start of the book has a medical procedure to remove a monitoring device. He controlled a fleet of spaceships via an instantaneous communication device, and defeated the aliens, the "formics" or "buggers", by destroying their homeworld.

A fuller summary is available at wikipedia.

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    @charlesjohns12 It was made into a feature film too.
    – user15742
    Oct 23, 2022 at 20:54
  • If you liked the book there is at least one follow-up of Ender as an adult. Like all of OSC's books, readable and well-plotted, but very dark and uncomfortable in places.
    – RedSonja
    Oct 24, 2022 at 6:49
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    Note that the "third child" thing was relevant to the setting, as there was a two-child policy in place due to overpopulation. Andrew's parents got an exemtion. @RedSonja I'm on follow-up number two as we speak: There is Speaker for the Dead, and Xenocide. Allegedly, these were the books OSC really wanted to write, and Ender's Game was necessary for setup, but maybe take that with a grain of salt.
    – Arthur
    Oct 24, 2022 at 8:13
  • Children of the Mind is the 4th novel in the main Ender arc. Beyond that OSC's put out a large number of prequel and parallel stories in the same universe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… Oct 24, 2022 at 15:38
  • The "Shadow" books are, IMHO, much better written than the "Speaker" books. Of course OSC had about 30 years more experience as a writer when he took up Ender's Shadow, and it shows.
    – pojo-guy
    Oct 24, 2022 at 17:33

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