Another good book! Hooray!
This is the last book for me (but not the actual last book) of the Old Man’s War series. I started with the previously linked book and then went back to the beginning to see what I’d missed. A lot, apparently. 🙂
Anyway, this book tells the last story of the original trilogy, which is the formation of the colony of Roanoke — aptly named. John Perry and Jane Sagan, our friends from the previous books, are put in charge of the colonization as it is being done not by humans from Earth, as is the usual MO, but by previous colonists, a first for the Colonial Union. John and Jane have to convince 2500 people of 10 different homeworlds to like each other, and it’s not easy. And, of course, when they do start figuring it out, other things come in to play, like the fact that the Colonial Union has been lying to everyone about the nature of the colony. And that there’re some people out there who want to destroy the colony. And that maybe it’s okay if that happens. Oh boy.
This was very interesting to read after reading Zoe’s Tale, since that book is just a retelling of this one from Zoe’s point of view. I can see why Scalzi wanted to write that second one… although this story is very good in and of itself, there are a lot of weird jumps and convenient things happening that I could forgive because I knew what happened by having read the other book. If I did it again, though, I’d read them in order.