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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one from Scalzi
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...
Published on 1 Sep 2008 by Mark Chitty

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3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing sequel
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...
Published on 8 Oct 2008 by G. Kent


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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Trilogy, 7 Jan 2011
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This book is fantastic, it introduces new ideas and a whole new universe a dynamic and entertaining way. You never get the feeling that things are too mad though. I read the first two in this series and having just plodded my way through Legion 6 (William C Dietz) in three weeks, I flew through The Last Colony in four days! The series hasn't lost any of the sparkle of the first book and I would highly recommend them. Zoe's Tale and Sagan's Diaries here I come!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Reader review - The Last Colony, 18 Aug 2010
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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. A bonus is the fact that Scalzi has returned to his Old Man's War form of prose - sizeable chunks of dialogue interspersed with some effecient, descriptive text that doesn't get mired in info-dumping or over-description. So I think you get the point - fast paced, twisty, turny, and very fresh and enjoyable.

It's not without it's faults - one major plot hole concerns a race of aliens that attack the colony in the first half of the book, after which they simply disappear from the story altogether. One can't help but feel Scalzi merely used this as filler, or perhaps some strange reference to Orson Scott Card's Speaker for the Dead. What was the point of this though? It has no immediate bearing on the main story, and is barely mentioned a few chapters after the event.

Another thing I had trouble with was a piece of equipment intriduced suddenly toward the end of the book which was instrumental to the final battle - convenient much?

Having said that, this book is probably the best of the three. Old Man's War brought some fresh ideas but suffered old military SF tropes. Ghost Brigades had a tight story with interesting concepts on humanity and consciousness, but was a good deal slower than the previous. The Last Colony gives us a page-turning, political story complete with character and action. Well worth the read.

8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Colony by John Scalzi, 29 Jun 2010
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Mr. David Hopwood (West Yorkshire, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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"The Last Colony" is an excellet book - a follow on from "Old Man's War," "The Sagan Diary" and "The Ghost Brigades."

I give this and "Old Man's War" top ratings as well written and compelling SCI FI reading. "The Ghost Bridges" only marginally less so. However "The Sagan Diary" I recommend you miss altogether. Rest assured that by not reading this book you will in no way alter your reading pleasure or cause any disjuncture in the story line.

All these novels are based on the interesting concept of humanity spreading throughout the stars and the need to provide soldiers willing to give their lives to protect the colonists from agressive alien races intent on possessing the same planets. This is done by turning old people into genetically engineered super soldiers and, in the case of special forces (The Ghost Bridages), by resurrecting the dead from DNA - Are you intrigued, if so get these books I don't think you will be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping & intelligent, 25 April 2010
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Gripping & intelligent brings all the strands together at a vigorous pace, the plots, schemes, double crosses and the unexpected ending explains the fact that once you start reading you don't want to put it down until the end. Hopefully the writer may revisit this universe while at his full power.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Want more, 30 Nov 2014
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I thought that this neatly rounded off the family of "Old Mans War" books.. Different from the previous books in that the was more politics and less gung-ho. The dialogue is sharp and humourous and personally want to find out more about Scalazi's universe. Have purchased "Zoe's Tale" and note that "The Human Division" are also in this universe, looking forward to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whats your sign?, 24 Sep 2014
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Great addition to a a first class series of well written science fiction books, note to the lovers ,read the previous two books first, didn't need to tell you that did I? oh well, i`am a Capricorn.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Interest, 6 Sep 2008
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Run of the mill conclusion to the series. First 75 pages nothing happens. Then instead of copying the great military science fiction books of the past the author tries his hand at describing the establishment of a colony on an alien frontier which unfortunately is greatly inferior to the awesome Coyote by Allen Steel. Halfway through there is a cool chapter involving only aliens and the Conclave plot. Then it is back to predictable war and the end. On the bright side the story is completed with a reasonable amount of satisfaction without a silly cliff-hanger. A series that should have stopped at one book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More first-class space opera from Scalzi, 24 Sep 2008
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For those who haven't read Scalzi's "Old Man's War" and "Ghost Brigades" - and you should - the hero and his wife are ex-military who are administrators in a small off-Earth colony. They are recruited as the leaders of a new colony but are lied to and marooned by their own people, while no less than 412 alien races are all trying to find them so they can stomp them into the alien dust.

The skill in Scalzi's writing is that you genuinely care about the hero and his family and the minutiae of colony life, and yet you are sucked in to a great sci-fi thriller with multiple plot twists and a satisfying (and surprising) ending. One thing, Mr Scalzi, what happened to the werewolves?
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2.0 out of 5 stars boring story, Scalzi's worst book I, 1 Nov 2014
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meh , irritating prose , boring story , Scalzi's worst book I reckon
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great end to the trilogy (until the next book...), 11 Nov 2008
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If you have read the two previous novels, "Old Man's War" and "The Ghost Brigades" then you have to read this book. The story isn't as action-packed as the first installment, but is really cleverly written and ties up a lot of elements of the story nicely. If you haven't read the first two novels, then I suggest you start at the beginning of the series.

This story features John Perry and Jane Sagan, from the first two books, trying to settle down and retire on a nice quiet farming planet. Of course it doesn't stay that way long when they are asked to lead a colonisation attempt. It's not straightforward as it's the first time that a new colony is to be created from colonists from other planets, rather than from Earth. There are a lot more twists and twists within twists that keep you guessing right through the story, and there's enough action to keep the hard core military sci-fi fans happy (although it's no "Old Man's War" in that respect).

Confusingly, my issue features a note written by the author that states that this is the last book in the series. It also includes an advert for the next book featuring the same story seen from a different perspective ("Zoe's Tale"). If you haven't had enough of the series, try that or "The Sagan Diaries" when you have finished the first three books.
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