Review of 'A War of Gifts (An Ender Story)'

A War of Gifts (An Ender Story) by Orson Scott Card

Set in the world of Ender Wiggins – The series of very popular novels by Card – This is a bit of a Christmas-y short story (or novella, I suppose) telling the story of a very repressed, religious youth that is pressed into service in the Battle School. Zeck is universally despised for his determination to live up to what he has been taught. When a number of students at the school start giving Christmas gifts (perceived by Zeck to be the work of Satan – for various reasons) he is determined to see that this does not continue.

An interesting comment on belief and dogma, A War of Gifts is a pleasant, light read. Those who have previously read Card's Ender novels will certainly find this interesting (if not terribly so). Well written with a great deal of characterisation and investigation thereof.

Rating: “Really good but I have some issues”

Review Date: 2008-07-31

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Tor

Publication Date: 2007

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