- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Tor; Reprints edition (5 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330457128
- ISBN-13: 978-0330457125
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.1 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Last Colony Paperback – 5 Sep 2008
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'it gladdens the reader's heart. A good old-fashioned future, and great fun' -- Daily Telegraph
Third novel in an outstanding new series of SF adventure, which has won worldwide acclaimSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The Last Colony is less violent and much less of a "space opera", than the Old Man's War and in particular Chost Brigades. It is however well written and with enough action to keep most happy. There are some good plot twists and a bit of ambiguity when it comes to in book political manouvering. It makes for an intelligent but not demanding read.
The book is also short and snappy. Whilst like many I rather enjoy the Peter F Hamilton door stops it's also refreshing to read a book that will actually fit in a small bag. You could concievably put all three books into a one book tomb although each book to be fair does have it's own individual flavour.
Overall I'd recommend this to sci-fi fans who enjoyed the EE Doc Smith books in their childhood but now read the Hamilton mammoth titles and who are game for a short, thoughtful and interesting series.
Once again it's a fantastic story filled with a rich volume of intrigue, comedy and drama - while a complex plot it's really approachable and manages to avoid the pitfalls that many science fiction stories seem to suffer, such as being unintelligible or dull. The pacing is spot on and the action flows in an episodic manner that still feels naturally continuous.
Despite the time that's passed since I read the first two books, and my memories off then being somewhat hazy, the narrative provides just the right amount of setup to get me back into the world without me feeling overly burdened by recaps and I'm sure this would provide an easy starting point for a new reader to the series.
I love the characters and the humour that Scalzi creates and reading this was another great experience. I'll definitely be looking out for the later books in the series and hope that they continue to be as great.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant book. More political that action based but if you have read the previous 2 books you will love to follow the characters and the author is a very slick writer and very... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Philip Ord
great author, great book series. Cant recommend enough.
I purchased the whole series and it doesn't disappoint....more please!!!
John Perry starts to wear thin and a single dose of him was as much as I could take it seems. The addition of Zoe to the mix makes stories featuring the two of them quite a slog... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love the series. There is so!etching very appealing and readable about his work that I engage quickly with. Good characters and a solid story.Published 12 months ago by A C Winsland
Working my way through the series as I really like Si-fi human/alien war stories and this has been the best for a long time since 'the forever wars' by Joe Haldeman, but unlike his... Read morePublished 13 months ago by colinmac
With his third "Old man's war" book, I was expecting more of the same, but with the two main protagonists working as a team this time. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mushy Pete
Weirdly ready this at the same time as the latest Expanse novel, and they have a similar core plot (planetary frontier etc...)
Not a complaint, just love to share. Read more
Book was in excellent condition, delivery prompt and the price very competitive. Bought the hardback because it was much cheaper than the Kindle edition.Published 19 months ago by SFAdict