How do you tell your part in the biggest tale in history?
I ask because it's what I have to do. I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player (and a pawn) in a interstellar chess match to save humanity, or to see it fall. Witness to history. Friend. Daughter. Human. Seventeen years old.
Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: How I did what I did — how I did what I had to do — not just to stay alive but to keep you alive, too. All of you. I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope. Everything that happened, bringing us to Earth, and Earth out of its captivity. All through my eyes.
It's a story you know. But you don't know it all.
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In the touching fourth novel set in the Old Man's War universe, Scalzi revisits the events of 2007's The Last Colony from the perspective of Zo , adopted daughter of previous protagonists Jane Sagan and John Perry. Jane and John are drafted to help found the new human colony of Roanoke, struggling against a manipulative and deceitful homeworld government, native werewolf-like creatures and a league of aliens intent on preventing all space expansion and willing to eradicate the colony if needed. Meanwhile, teenage Zo focuses more on her poetic boyfriend, Enzo; her sarcastic best friend, Gretchen; and her bodyguards, a pair of aliens from a race called the Obin who worship and protect Zo because of a scientific breakthrough made by her late biological father. Readers of the previous books will find this mostly a rehash, but engaging character development and Scalzi's sharp ear for dialogue will draw in new readers, particularly young adults.
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Good in its own right
I admit to not caring enough about Zoe to understand why she needed a book. By the last chapter I did and it is one of the better books I've read in quite some time. I ended up caring about the characters more, becoming more emotionally invested in the story than expected (especially because it reflects the previous book). It is very well written and very few authors can do what John Scalzi has done with the story. I recommend it.
When you tell your friends of this novel have them read the others for context of course. But I believe they will thank you,especially if they are young.
Scalzi becomes a teenage girl
Loved this story. I was a huge fan of Scalzi until I read Redshirts. I took a break after that until Zoe caught my interest again. Only after reading the notes at the end did I learn there were other parallel books to the story, so you don't need to read them to appreciate this tale. The best thing about it is the voice: its written in the first person of a teenage girl. It wasn't easy to capture the intelligence, courage and humor of the character, and still explore the implications of her connection to an alien race. As someone who works extensively with teenagers in my real life world, I found her voice to be incredibly authentic. Kudos to Scalzi!!