Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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

Synopsis: Orson Scott Card offers a Christmas gift to his millions of fans with A War of Gifts, a short novel set during Ender's first years at the Battle School where it is forbidden to celebrate religious holidays. The children come from many nations, many religions; while they are being trained for war, religious conflict between them is not on the curriculum. But Dink Meeker, one of the older students, doesn't see it that way. He thinks that giving gifts isn't exactly a religious observation, and on Sinterklaas Day he tucks a present into another student's shoe. This small act of rebellion sets off a battle royal between the students and the staff, but some surprising alliances form when Ender comes up against a new student, Zeck Morgan. The War over Santa Claus will force everyone to make a choice. (from the online description)

Review: Set during Ender Wiggin's time at Battle School, this short novel centers on other characters. While Wiggin is an integral part to the story, he isn't the main character. The main character, Zeck, hails from a fundamentalist abusive home, and it is his growth, brought about by the subtle rebellion of Dink Meeker, that we follow. Although this lacks the depth of Card's other stories, it carries water and is most certainly worth reading.

Bookmarks: 4 of 5

Awards: None

ISBN: 978-0-7653-5899-8
Year Published: 2007
Date Finished: 1-23-2017
Pages: 196

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