Some writers are prolific. A better adjective for John Scalzi might be “possessed.” You’d think he’d have his hands full churning out novels at a machine-gun. The third book in John Scalzi’s exciting sci-fi series which started with Old Man’s War. This essay, on The Last Colony, is the third installment in an on-going retrospective of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series. Previous.
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Consider the possibility of stealth marketing it, later, as a rare cult classic. The Last Colony is a sequel. This would work a lot better if, as John Perry was unpacking all of the political secrets, he and the reader were really able to constantly re-evaluate this conflict and make judgments about whether the Colonial Union, Conclave, or some other position is right.
Initially It’s mostly about misadventures of cutoff colony but somewhere around half of the book there is a point where “shit gets real” and book reverts to that fast paced space opera we all know and love.
Be careful what you wish for: Also, for all those who want to know, the current plan is to have The Last Colony in the stores in May Are you surprised too? Maybe just more stories in the same universe? The Colonial Union is thrown into disarray, with enlistment plummeting and potential colonists demurring, but the end of the book suggests that bringing Earth into the Union properly will allow scallzi more diplomatic solutions and cooperation between species. Can I skip this books and move on to the next book or would you say this book gives me some pretty important information?
There is a UN without the Security Council it is called Conclave and it operates as if in the space the obstacles to international interplanetary cooperation lack of trust, lack of information and free riding were as absent as gravity. Lzst like the man – but – Common! Oct 10, Mpauli rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a great conclusion to John and Jane’s story although the surprises in the first book, Old Man’s War, just can’t be beat for me.
It’s nice to see that some of the revelations in book 2 are followed up here, view spoiler [namely, that Charles Boutin wasn’t just a crazy, evil genius, and the CU really are fairly unethical hide spoiler ]. Of course they agree and soon find out that things are not quite as expected. They even have two domesticated aliens to keep them company. If only I could get and advanced copy, I could die a happy man! Plus, the copony book, Zoe’s Tale, is the same history, by the eyes of the daughter.
View all 7 comments. I wanted to spend so much more time with these three people. It’s a huge game of chicken between the Conclave and humanity, with the Union, seeing humanity’s very existence threatened, hoping to cklony Roanoke to goad the Conclave into a military trap.
Zoe, their adoptive daughter, has a blast of a teenage life. There’s also the aforementioned plot holes. I enjoyed this much more than I was expecting, and totally loved these women: I can accept one person doing stupid mistake but organisation that successfully led humanity for few hundred years collectively going nuts and committing suicidal acts – goes beyond my believe.
This conforms to a long tradition in space opera, where space is just a playground for human drama some colonj the best, like the works of Bujold and David Weber dispense with aliens altogether. Almir Filho Its pretty important, the finale of the first trilogy.
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I really liked Savitri’s personality, but we never really got any insight about her motivations. A whole lot of farming is involved which made the beginning drag quite a bit.
The guys are going on a mission to setup a colony.
Other books in the series. I liked the end of the book, too, in that there is an interesting choice laid out to humans by John Perry’s actions.
The Last Colony by John Scalzi
Scalzi’s treatment of his aliens has an appealingly retro flavor as well. It’s easy to forget that when they first worked together, in Old Man’s Warit was in an exciting combat situation in which Jane was totally in her element. Eight years have passed and the two ex soldiers look at ease in this new life, the first as an ombudsman and the other as a constable, deal Third volume in the Old Man’s War series This one felt rather different to the previous two – much lighter in a way although the stakes are still pretty high – but as enjoyable to read.
Jane gets a few moments of awesomeness, but although she’s actually co-administrator of the colony with John, he seems to make most of the decisions and it feels like she’s “just” his wife.
To name a colony you want to succeed “Roanoke” is like naming a new nuclear power plant “Chernobyl.
Thoughts on The Last Colony
Last but not least, the level of deus ex machinas here are way too many. Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www. That is, until his and Jane’s past reaches out to bring them back into the game–as leaders of a new human colony, to be peopled by settlers from all the major human worlds, for a deep political purpose that will put Perry and Sagan back in the thick of interstellar politics, betrayal, and war.
And again, we have more conversations between John and different generals, quick dead-pan delivery sentences that sound like arguing but in fact are manifests of self-righteousness, more ‘no offense none taken’ moments, and the identical personality repetition for each and every character.
Perry and all his family going Deux Machina mode and outsmarting and outmanoeuvring not only CDF but also Conclave with all their united intelligent species. There is more to this arrangement than they were told and the family finds itself once johm forced to fight to survive. Once they reach the planet they discover that coloony is a deeper political twist to the colonization. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! A recent attack by the Union on Conclave forces was restrained from becoming all-out war only by the wisdom of their leader, General Gau, who now can barely keep the alien confederation together.
Here, John and Jane have been living the life on the planet of Huckleberry.
Too much politics CU acting like complete morons. Scalzi introduces an intelligent alien species on the newly colonized planet, but never goes back johb them. Das ist schlampig konstruiert, teilweise gezwungen komisch und auch nicht plausibel. What does work, and quite well, is the portrayal of the mundane, daily crises that an emerging colony must endure, and the relationships between those on whom the survival of hundreds of people relies.
I haven’t read Zoe’s Tale, but I assume it’s predominately her I’m good at making inferences from my reading aren’t Scazli Thank you for writing.
The Last Colony is the final Old Man’s War universe novel with John Perry and Jan I think Scalzi’s a fun author to read, one lasf can always go back to knowing you’ll have an entertaining read.
I was really bored. The Last Colony does not have the careless humor and the adventure of the first book.