Book Review: The War of the Givens by Daniel Price

Diving into “The War of the Givens” by Daniel Price was akin to embarking on an exhilarating journey through a universe where the lines between science fiction and superhero epic blur magnificently. The final installment of the Silvers trilogy delivers a potent mix of high-stakes adventure and deep emotional resonance. At its heart, this narrative weaves together the fates of six extraordinary individuals, thrust into an Earth far removed from their own, teetering on the brink of destruction.

The world-building within the pages of “The War of the Givens” is nothing short of spectacular. Imagine a reality where restaurants glide through the air and the fabric of time is as malleable as clay, manipulated by devices as mundane as household appliances. This backdrop serves as the stage for a tale that is as much about the struggle for survival as it is about the search for identity and belonging in an alien world​​.

Kirkus Reviews praises the book for its intricate plot and well-drawn characters, despite noting some minor flaws in plot explanation. The narrative ambitiously tackles themes of xenophobia and quasi-colonialism, culminating in a finale that is both hard-earned and deeply satisfying​​.

My personal journey with the book echoed these sentiments. I was captivated by the characters’ quest to thwart the fate that befell their world, a quest that is as fraught with danger as it is with the potential for redemption. The ethical quandaries posed by the antagonists’ actions add layers of complexity to an already compelling storyline.

In conclusion, “The War of the Givens” stands as a testament to Daniel Price’s mastery of the sci-fi genre, blending elements of X-Men and Blake Crouch with a unique flair. It is a fitting conclusion to a trilogy that has captivated readers with its imaginative scope and depth of human emotion. This book is not just a read; it’s an experience, a final act that brilliantly closes the curtain on a world both vast and intimately familiar.