Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi (24 January — 25 January)

I read Zoe’s Tale, the most recent in this series, last month and it was quite good, so when I saw this first novel on the shelf at the library, I had to grab it.

The premise of Old Man’s War is that Earth, with its surplus of population, is off colonizing other planets, but then so are a whole bunch of other intelligent races. To make sure that humans get enough planets, the Colonial Defense Forces keep their ranks healthily supplied — with 75-year-olds.

John Perry is one of these “old farts.” The novel follows his story, from why he decided to join up to how 75-year-olds are prepared for intergalactic war and just what war means on a universal scale.

It’s a good time and a quick read and I definitely need to grab the next book tout de suite.

Rating: 8.5/10
(Countdown Challenge: 2005, Support Your Local Library Challenge)

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