Following the events of The Last Colony, John Scalzi tells the story of the fight to maintain the unity of the human race.
The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance—an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.
Against such possibilities, managing the survival of the Colonial Union won’t be easy, either. It will take diplomatic finesse, political cunning…and a brilliant “B Team,” centered on the resourceful Lieutenant Harry Wilson, that can be deployed to deal with the unpredictable and unexpected things the universe throws at you when you’re struggling to preserve the unity of the human race.
Being published online from January to April 2013 as a three-month digital serial, The Human Division will appear as a full-length novel of the Old Man’s War universe, plus—for the first time in print—the first tale of Lieutenant Harry Wilson, and a coda that wasn’t part of the digital serialization.
At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
Scalzi's hectically paced and philosophical continuation of the Old Man's War series is an invigorating and morally complex interstellar thriller with heart. The human Colonial Union has lost the trust of neighboring worlds due to allegations that it's been delaying Earth's technological development so it can "farm" Earth for colonists and soldiers. When the Polk, a Union ambassadorial starship, is obliterated while on a secret diplomatic mission with the alien Utche, the Union sends in a "B-team" rebellious and unorthodox Lt. Harry Wilson, meek diplomatic assistant Hart Schmidt, and aggressive ambassador Abumwe to seal negotiations and discover who (or what) destroyed the Polk. Scalzi injects the thrilling wonder of escapist science fiction with the painful despair of human betrayal and selfishness, focusing as much on conflicts of the heart as on warring alien civilizations. First released as digital serial installments, the book's chapters reverberate with cliffhanger suspense, building and resolving a central conflict while building on more complex story arcs. Deeply realized characters and stinging webs of political and social deceit lend mystery and emotionally harsh realism to a thrilling setting of deep space and distant worlds.
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John Scalzi's The Human Division
John Scalzi proves once again to be a master of dialogue. With a stong thread of humor that lasts throughout his novels, he elegantly engages new idea, develops endearing characters and tells delightfully fun and exciting stories.
A book without an ending
First off, I love the series, the characters, and the author's style of writing. While I knew this book was written in pieces, I assumed they tied together, furthered the plot line, and came to at least some kind of conclusion. I was wrong. The book just stops after a series of, admittedly good, adventures without any kind of wrap-up. I felt like I was reading a book of which someone ripped out the last chapters, leaving me with nothing but questions.
As a "novel" it is a bit scattered,but there is cohesiveness maintained by some characters common to several threads of the overarching whole. As is to be expected in a story meant to be released as stand-alone episodes. Excellent dialogue and thought-streams bring the major players to life and their actions become more believable. It is a cracking good read! The discrete chapters made it a bit easier to put down so I could sleep, which was appreciated by my co-workers. More, please. This is an awesome universe-construct and there are plenty of stories yet to be told, I'm just sure! Coming at it "cold" might be difficult. Reading "Old Man's War", at least would be helpful, or, better yet the whole series. Again I say "More, please".