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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The resulting peace from strength has become shaky as the Union has been so brutal in maintaining allegiance and control that Earth has dropped out, removing a big source of their resources and soldiers. At sclzi end of the day, while I’ve concluded there are some weaknesses to this series, all the strengths add up to give me an easy sci-fi, perfect for a light reading mood. In fact, there’s a good reason Old Man’s War gets compared often to Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers ; both novels achieve the dubious goal of simultaneously glorifying and decrying war.

John abdicates the leadership of Roanoke and joins the Conclave, after being awarded a ship by them as his sovereign domain, with help from the Obin.

If Roanoke is destroyed, enlistment in the CDF will spike via using the colonists, allowing for a more aggressive campaign against the other alien races. It makes no sense.

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And then the second novel in the series, The Ghost Brigadesis a standalone story concerning the “secret police” that exists within this colonial military; their brains are essentially newborn babies, put into the bodies of fully adult soldiers who have died, given a bizarre and truncated childhood and education and generally kept isolated from the entire rest of humanity.


John has a nice, easygoing writing style, so even cokony there isn’t too much happening in the book, it’s still quite all right. The Union attempted to destabilize the Conclave by making them appear incompetent, due to their inability to find a single colony despite a year’s worth of searching. The Last Colony is a sequel.

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They are fun and easy to read, but they are also full of big ideas. And does it really make sense that the alien Obin would commit their race to protecting the daughter collny the human traitor who granted them consciousness?

Special Forces members, during the prior year, had methodically tracked down every ship in the Conclave fleet and attached an antimatter bomb to the hull. The narrative is presented in four cohesive sections told in colonu person by different players in the drama.

Jane is there, and Zoe, too, and it feels a bit awkward. Stephen King ruined The Stand when he sxalzi it. But with those werewolves still lurking around, you wouldn’t want to live there.

And that he really believes in the beautiful dream of multi-culti in the space where many races would live in peace and harmony, and among rainbows and unicorns… wait.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. There are a few flaws with the book. But the universe is a tough place and habitable planets are in demand by many different races. Assumptions can kill especially in system dynamics. The colonists don’t know about this purpose until they’ve already set up Roanoke, and by the time the Conclave fleet shows up to enforce its ultimatum, the colonists have no choice but to help the Colonial Union thwart the Conclave.


This shatters the Conclave into multiple factions, several of which swear vengeance on the Union. After a certain length of time, they are again visited by Special Forces, who inform them that the plan has partially succeeded, and the initial restrictions on technology have been lifted. Then, the interaction between protagonists – mostly John and everyone else – is extremely formulaic. Cover of first edition hardcover.

Last but not least, the level of deus ex machinas here are way too many. Although the newest draft is slowly turning into a big monster.

You know, like you do. Refresh and try again. Jan 03, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: I also note Zoe alludes to an assassination attempt on General Gau which is off-camera despite its importance to the plot. I promise it is worth your time.

Personal copy 1 September The process of learning new skills and ways of thinking also made Perry and Dirac interesting characters. Jan 20, Hosein rated it it was amazing.

I wondered however where Scalzi was going with this story, with its focus on imperialism and the dangers of power in the hands of the few, placing us first in a narrow perspective, and widening it three quarters of the colnoy in.