49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
not exactly a bargain,
This review is from: War of Gifts (Ender Wiggin Saga) (Hardcover)
I'm guessing you like Enders game. If not there is no reason to buy and read this book. For those that have already enjoyed the strangely entitled "Enderverse" then I'm guessing you'll end up buying and reading this book. Fair enough.
It's okay. It's a nice little story. Emphasis on the little. A total of 126 pages and the font is big and there is a lot of white space. It could easily have been condensced to 60 pages without causing eye-strain. The sleeve of the hard-back feels like it was designed for a bigger book than it is, and the pages have been cut in such a way as to create the illusion of a manuscript.
It's not worth the money. Really. It's a nice little story with Ender playing the important but not lead role. Dink plays a bigger role, if you liked the old characters. Perhaps I should outline the plot a bit. It's set in the battle-school whilst Ender is there. A young boy named Zeck has been selected for training and he goes up there. On Earth Zeck is beaten by his father who's some kind of Minister: claiming that he is beating the evil out of him. In order for Zeck to not consciously hate his father he gets the religious bug, big-time and generally infuriates everyone else at the school by being so pious. Dink and a side character decide to celebrate Christmas (this is set whilst Ender is Rat Army). Zeck gets pious and gets ostracised as a result. Ender then comes in and heals Zeck of his personal demons and all is well in the end.
This should really have been available as a $2 download. Honestly, OSC has done some god stuff - but this takes money-grabbing and playing on the "Ender-brand" to the Nth degree.
Buy it if you're obsessed with Ender. Get a copy out of the library otherwise.
Hopefully OSC wil release a proper book from the Ender-verse at some point.