Zoe’s Tale, by John Scalzi (7 December — 11 December)

I’d seen this book making its way around the various blogs I read, and everyone seemed to like it, so I picked it up from the library. It’s not quite what I was expecting, but it was definitely good.

This is a book in Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series, but I haven’t read those so I can’t comment too much on how it fits in, except that Scalzi writes in his acknowledgements that the book runs parallel to the events of The Last Colony. Sweet, I guess?

This novel is the story of Zoë Boutin Perry, a teenager who is part of the first colony of colonists — where her planet was settled by people from Earth, she and a bunch of people from other planets are settling a new one. The problems start when the Colonial Union, who is sanctioning this colonization, informs the travellers that they are being hunted by a group called the Conclave who don’t want anybody but themselves colonizing anything.

Things get worse from there, with all of the colonists forced to give up on electronics (gasp!) and the weird animals of the new planet — Roanoke — trying to kill the settlers and vice versa. Zoë is also told by her bodyguards (read the book!) that she may personally be being hunted, so she has to step up for some intensive combat training in addition to school and founding a civilization without a PDA.

I liked the book quite a bit; it was very light-hearted and definitely sounded like it was narrated by a teenager. And Scalzi really makes the characters real. I had cried twice by the end of the book, and I don’t care what you think! I will definitely have to pick up Old Man’s War at some point in the future.

Rating: 8/10
(Countdown Challenge: 2008)

2 thoughts on “Zoe’s Tale, by John Scalzi (7 December — 11 December)

  1. Mary says:

    Haha, I was looking at the sidebar with all your lists in it–You need to read On The Road! Dammit! It’s been sitting on your bookshelf since your book blog was a less aethestically pleasing Filer site and you could read outside in the grassy knoll! 😛

  2. L. Clarke says:

    I love science fiction writing and think it is a great mind expanding genre. I think the hostilities of colonozong is very imaginative, we on earth were no better.I myself am a sci-fi writer and have a novel called Doom Of The Shem.Doom Of The Shem is a science fiction novel that incorporates the horror of military action with the unavoidable hostilities that occur when an alien species invade a planet in search of food. The barbarity of war is brought to light by the work achieved by the nurses and medical personnel of the planets inhabitants. While a full blown military action story emerges from an ensuing war that involves the whole planet. It is especially centered on a squad of the planets army forces, who fight the alien invaders.doomoftheshem.blogspot.com

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