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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I like the man – but – Common! After the attack, John is nearly arrested for almost ruining the plan to destroy the enemy fleet by asking General Gau to surrender.
Trivia About The Last Colony It is a just the right job for a war hero without any experience useful in the daily life of a backwater rural colony. After a brief interlude when their location is leaked to the Conclave, they are visited by the Conclave fleet, consisting of a single ship from every member race of the Conclave.
You’ll realize that these characters are green super soldiers, alien generals with eye stalks and emotionless guardians of a teenage girl.
Good fun for Scalzi fans. The narrative is presented in four cohesive sections told in first person by different players in the drama.
The Last Colony
There is a UN lsat 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. Then the CDF plays a switcheroo on the colonists, and they become pawns in a chess match between the CDF and the alien Conclave on a world called Roanoke.
Tweets by SFReviewsnet Some writers are prolific. The ony complaint I have is that for the plot to really work at two points people who should have know better make actually some stupid decisions.
I would happily read many more stories about them. This time John Perry and Jane Sagan have retired to an ostensibly uneventful life on the colony Huckleberry as an ombudsman and head of security.
The Last Col This is a good book, but nowhere near as good as the first best or second very good.
Thoughts on The Last Colony – Whatever
The way it’s done, it’s: The main characters are our old friends, John Perry and Jane Sagan. Jul 29, Ivan rated it really liked joh Shelves: Can I skip this books and move on to the next book or would you say this book gives me some pretty important information? It is very cold, and wet down here.
John Perry and Jane Sagan have left the CDF and have been living with Zoe on a colony called Huckleberry until they’re uprooted and sent to start a new colony, Roanoke. I want to know more. To sum up, John Scalzi has a pretty reliable formula for churning out entertaining military SF, and he tries to vary it from book to book, but I don’t think I can gain anything further by reading more of his output, with so many other books clamoring to be read.
After the initial boredom, as the whole scheme goes awry as expected somewhere in the middle of the book, Mr Scalzi goes pollyanna and presents Woodrow Wilson’s wet dream of the universe.
Thoughts on The Last Colony
While I’m aware that there’s a fourth book and am eagerly awaiting it’s arrival in the mail, I wasn’t completely sure any of colonists would survive. Almost immediately, the entire fleet is annihilated. The twists are somewhat predictable, and so is the honorable rebellion attitude. Mich hat dieser Part des Neusiedelns und Kompetenzgerangels sehr gelangweilt.
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And does it really make sense that the alien Obin would commit their race to protecting the daughter of the human traitor who granted them consciousness? This however will cause humanity’s eventual extinction due to raw attrition.
Last but not least, the level of deus ex machinas here are way too many. Consider the possibility of stealth marketing it, later, as a rare cult classic.
John Perry and Jane Sagan, the former Ghost Brigade clone of Perry’s dead wife, are offered positions as leaders for the new colony of Roanoke, which will comprise human settlers from the first ten established human colonies.
I want to rush on to see your tenth novel and really get wowed. The comedy is a lot lower-key than in Old Man’s War, feeling more like a serious science fiction story but still humorous.