The Human Division Parts 8 & 9, by John Scalzi

We’re in the home stretch now! Just four more stories to go after these… it’ll be interesting to see how this all comes together in the end. As always, some thoughts on the recent installments:

#8: The Sound of Rebellion
The Sound of BadasseryUm, holy crap, guys. I know that the CDF soldiers are superhuman and all, but wow. In this story, a soldier wakes up after a night of drinking to find herself blindfolded, restrained, and totes naked (because her CDF uniform is pretty useful itself), held captive by a disembodied voice and a silent in-room helper. I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to say that she then BAMFs her way out of trouble, because seriously, badass. There’s of course a bit of other stuff that ties this in to the overall plotline, but whatever. Badass.

#9: The Observers
The ObserversAt first I was like, Fringe shoutout? Probably not, but that’s okay. The humans are back, with more baseball knowledge this time, and there’s some boring trade negotiation and two sides getting to know each other until a bit of disaster strikes and our poor B-Team has figure out whodunnit or else find themselves the scapegoat in a seemingly inevitable war. The ending had me and my husband confused for a minute, because one of us does not understand spaceships and the other does not understand physics, but once we put our heads together we were like, dude. Scalzi really takes no prisoners, here.

Rating: 8s all around!

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