Some writers are prolific. A better adjective for John Scalzi might be “possessed.” You’d think he’d have his hands full churning out novels at a machine-gun. The third book in John Scalzi’s exciting sci-fi series which started with Old Man’s War. This essay, on The Last Colony, is the third installment in an on-going retrospective of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series. Previous.
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Let’s start with the ‘me like’ stuff: The Colonial Union in this book was so frustratingly stupid and fhe annoyed me that the MCs, smart as they were, did not think of that possibility scaliz try to, as they did very often, argue against it and try to find another way. Killing off the main character early in the story rarely happens in movies these days. Now the two are tied for the lead.
View all 5 comments. The Last Colony is a sequel. I would definitely recommend it anyday for someone in the mood for a bit of fun.
The ending – Scalzi seems to deliver happy optimistic endings every time and I love it. Upon arriving, the colonists quickly realize they are not at Roanoke.
Not everybody should do that, in fact. John is an ombudsman on the remote planet of Huckleberry. You’ll realize that these characters are green super soldiers, alien generals with eye stalks and emotionless guardians of a teenage girl.
The Last Colony (Old Man’s War #3) by John Scalzi
It doesn’t take long to learn that the colony is little more than a political football. I can sscalzi one person doing stupid mistake but organisation that successfully led humanity for few hundred years collectively going nuts and committing suicidal acts – goes beyond my believe.
I, for one, am entirely comfortable with humanity being the bad guys in the universe and lagging behind while everyone else is getting their crap together. The comedy is a lot lower-key than in Old Man’s War, feeling more like a serious kast fiction story but still humorous.
Love that I got to meet new characters. There must be flaws, but I can’t find any.
Apr 10, Stuart rated it liked it Shelves: Later, when it becomes clear that the people in the Colonial Union who named the colony have nefarious plans for it, Perry reflects that hm, it must have been a deliberate choice to name his colony after the original Lost Colony!
Book tbe off slowly. John, hope you enjoy well deserved rest!
But there was copony enough about these characters; I felt like the attention of the narrative kept getting yanked back to John. Are you surprised too? I guess i have no choice though. In fact, there’s johnn good reason Old Man’s War gets compared often to Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers ; both novels achieve the dubious goal of simultaneously glorifying and decrying war.
The Last Colony does not have the careless humor and the adventure of the first jogn. What I was writing was goodin my opinion; the problem was it was just too much. I have to admit as much as I loved the first book in the series, second and third do not stand up it. How important is this book to the overall story of this universe?
So that’s what makes The Last Colony intriguing from the start, then, is that it has little to do with either of the first two books; it instead takes the main characters from Old Man’s Warretired soldier John Perry and dolony dead-wife-turned-secret-policewoman Jane, and puts them in charge of a peacetime mission to found a new planetary colony, a controversial one fraught with dangers.
Thoughts on The Last Colony
When I started The Last Colonythe intent was to do this again — in effect, have three stand alone books in the same universe. Unbeknownst to the Perry family, Roanoke is part of a massive plan to make sure that peace never materializes.
Assumptions can kill especially in system dynamics. I guess that’s inevitable since he’s the first-person narrator, but I rather resented it! I would happily read many more stories about them.