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LAST COLONY Hardcover – 2008

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  • ASIN: B004Z3KCLA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and his debut novel Old Man's War was a finalist for the Hugo Award. His other novels include The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, and The Android's Dream. He lives in southern Ohio with his wife and daughter.

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Another novel in Scalzi's Old Mans War universe

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By G. Kent on 8 Oct. 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With this Scalzi brings his "Old Man's War" sequence to a finish (though it appears that his latest "Zoe's War" is also set in the same sequence, just giving a different perspective on the action).

Old Man's War was a fine example of military S. F., giving a fresh perspective. However the two sequels seem to have progressively run out of invention and I think the author is right to now draw a line, at least for now, under the sequence to look elsewhere. Because it offers little new, I was disappointed by it. It is competently written and concentrates on the politics rather than the military action in this Universe.

Basically, the protagonist Perry and his wife, recently retired from the military and put back in true human bodies, become colonial administrators and lead a new colony. The Colonial Government it is as duplicitous and questionable as it has emerged as being earlier in the sequence.

If you have read the prequels you you will probably want to read this to see how it pans out. If you have not read them, do not read this with out having read the earlier works. Old Man's War is a must read for anyone who likes military SF. Its successors do not reach that high level of gripping the reader. Hence my rating, though I stress there is nothing wrong with the work, it just falls short of its predecessors.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark Chitty on 1 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
The Conclave, a collective of over 400 alien species, has declared any attempts at colonisation by non-conclave members on any planet will be met with the removal of the colony. The CDF, not a member of the conclave, plans to make a mockery of the conclave by setting up a new colony and leaking false information about its whereabouts.

To run this colony a family is chosen, one with a history and capabilities that can help it succeed. John Perry, a CDF veteran with a decorated history; Jane Sagan, a former CDF special forces intelligence officer with knowledge usually reserved for the highest ranking CDF officers; and Zoe Boutin, daughter to the traitor Charles Boutin and now worshipped by the Obin for her fathers work in bringing them consciousness.

But the colony is not told of its secret until they arrive at the planet and find themselves unable to use technology for fear of bringing the conclave to them. Will the colony survive and, more importantly for the CDF, will their plan to break the conclave work?

We once again return to the Old Man's War universe, this time with familiar characters from both the previous novels. John and Jane are already well flushed out characters, but put in a new situation it gives a new light to them. We've seen them in the Colonial Defense Force but now we get treated to normal family life, at least for a while, before they're thrown into the situation of being cut off from civilisation.

The rest of the characters, ranging from politicians to farmers and all in between, are nicely flushed out. The motivations and ideals they hold are well defined and interesting to see mixed together.
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By Clever Spud TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
You know what you get with John Scalzi - a competently written story that is purely plot-driven. He isn't a fancy writer, in fact I think in the whole of the book there are only a handful of purely descriptive passages. By the end you'll have a unique opinion of what the main characters look like because very little is on the page. That's not necessarily a bad thing.

Where Scalzi is strong is in his grasp of technology, which he slots into the story with an assured hand, and his dialogue which is snappy and charmingly retro.

But when the technology is pulled out of a hat at just the right moment to handle a specific situation, which is glaringly convenient in the first place, it takes the lustre off.

And the dialogue that served as a background to the first two books in the trilogy now makes up the bulk of the novel. There is an awful lot of extended discussion going on and unfortunately a lot of it sounds like the same character arguing with himself. Only the clearly alien Obin has a distinctive voice, though even that voice is just a cagier version of the "regular" speech. Even the main "alien" characters all sound like humans from the fifties. Scalzi isn't even THAT old.

Literally, several times during the novel, a group of characters will discuss some point or other, arguing themselves in circles all using similar idiom and all behaving rationally and even-tempered. Mostly.

All except Jane the female protagonist and wife to the narrator. She gets to be the savage, rage barely-contained character whose handling of the situation we'd probably rather be reading if she was given her wishes, while her old fogey (admittedly in a spanking new body) husband fumes about the indignities being heaped on him.
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Is this possibly the newest book I've reviewed so far?

When it was originally written, Scalzi's The Last Colony was supposed to be the end to the John Perry / Jane Sagan saga...or so he said in the acknowledgements at the end. He went on to write the same story again from Zoe Perry's perspective in Zoe's Tale, which I haven't purchased yet. Maybe some time in the future.

In the third book of the series, John Perry and Jane Sagan are now out of the CDF, no longer working soldiers, and now living a quiet and happy life on the retirement planet of Huckleberry with their adopted daughter, Zoe. However their life is interrupted when a CDF officer arrives to ask them if they are interested in becoming the leaders of a new colony on another planet, Roanoke.

So, without wanting to spoil too much of the story, they up sticks and move out. However they soon realise that not everything is as it seems, and the new colony becomes the focal point of a political struggle between the CDF and the previously mentioned alien alliance - the Conclave.

What we have here is a book which is broadly very different from the previous two novels. There isn't a great deal of explosive action, no soldiering...what we have is political intrigue, conspiracy and battles of wits that all add up to produce an extremely readable page-turner. It's refreshing to have a different story here than in Old Man's War and Ghost Brigades, and one that is full of genuine twists and turns to maintain the sense of intrigue.

It's very hard to talk about this book without using the word "intrigue" so much, but that's exactly what it is full of. Things change so often that you can't help but keep on reading to find out what happens next.
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