It’s good to hear from John Perry again. I missed his presence in The Ghost Brigades. But even better is to meet Jane Sagan again. After listening to “The Sagan Diary” I started to really appreciate her character and the decisions she made between book 2 and book 3. The Last Colony features Jane as a wonderful heroine instead of the stiff colleague she was in Ghost Brigades.
I must admit I was a little worried at first. After the intense military themes I’ve been reading from Scalzi, a book on small-town colony politics seemed to be underwhelming. I should’ve known it wouldn’t stay in that mode for long.
In the same style I loved from the other books, the twists and turns in the plot come out of grains of truth presented early on. But the effect they have on the circumstances are exponential. Every scene goes way beyond the facts presented. In the end, you’re left with a climax nothing short of “epic.”
That being said, this seems like a good point to put the Old Man’s War universe on hold in my reading schedule. Scalzi thought so too (for his writing schedule) in the book’s acknowledgements. I have the benefit of knowing that three more books are out there, but I’ve several other books to hit in 2015. If I get in the mood for more Scalzi, I’ll probably take on Redshirts. Or perhaps one of his non-fiction books, You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop.
The Last Colony by John Scalzi
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