Hugo-award winning author, John Scalzi returns to his best-selling Old Man's War universe with The End of All Things, the direct sequel to 2013's The Human Division
Humans expanded into space...only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement...for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more.
Now the Colonial Union is living on borrowed time-a couple of decades at most, before the ranks of the Colonial Defense Forces are depleted and the struggling human colonies are vulnerable to the alien species who have been waiting for the first sign of weakness, to drive humanity to ruin. And there's another problem: A group, lurking in the darkness of space, playing human and alien against each other-and against their own kind -for their own unknown reasons.
In this collapsing universe, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson and the Colonial Union diplomats he works with race against the clock to discover who is behind attacks on the Union and on alien races, to seek peace with a suspicious, angry Earth, and keep humanity's union intact...or else risk oblivion, and extinction-and the end of all things.
Old Man's War Series
#1 Old Man’s War
#2 The Ghost Brigades
#3 The Last Colony
#4 Zoe’s Tale
#5 The Human Division
#6 The End of All Things
Short fiction: “After the Coup”
Other Tor Books
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Agent to the Stars
Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded
The Collapsing Empire
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Hugo-winner Scalzi integrates the best aspects of war stories into the polished and powerful sixth volume which consists of four connected novellas in the Old Man's War space opera series. The inevitable and parallel downward spirals of the two corrupt space empires, the human Colonial Union and the alien Conclave, are finally coming to a head. All four protagonists work for one of the two entities, and Scalzi shifts among their perspectives to thread a fine needle, recognizing that good people can be entrenched in terrible systems and sometimes can't (or won't) change them. Added tension comes in the form of a group called the Equilibrium, which is intent on destroying both the Colonial Union and the Conclave and killing billions in the process. Human Harry Wilson and alien Hafte Sorvalh will be familiar to returning readers, while CU pilot Rafe Daquin and CU Lt. Heather Lee are welcome new voices. New readers will certainly enjoy the work, but the real payoff comes for longtime fans, who will especially appreciate a powerful moment featuring the alien General Gau. Scalzi knows just how to satisfy his fans, providing tense, thrilling action scenes while turning a critical eye on the interstellar equivalents of the military-industrial complex.
Tying up loose ends
Overall, the series was amazing. Very well written and complex, diving deeper into certain events and ideas with each book. It did, however, lose some of the depth in this final book as it seems like more of a collection of shorter stories or essays. While it did bring about a satisfactory end to this multi-book conflict, it did seem to happen much faster than many of the less serious events of the series, almost as if it was rushed or simply was written to wrap things up quickly. While I did enjoy it, I can’t help but wonder how it would have gone if Scalzi had put in the same effort as he had with the earlier books. Overall, though, I was very happy with the series and this last book does bring everything to a nice close.
These five books were fantastic. An old Dune fan. Dr Prof Thompson MD
Wow, terrific read
Stumbled on this after not enjoying the old men's war very much. This is so much better. Can't wait for the next book in the series.