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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. 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. The third book in John Scalzi’s exciting sci-fi series which started with Old Man’s War.

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Mar 19, Fred Hughes rated it really liked it. Not to cast any aspersions on any jjohn the pages John is leaving out. John Perry is back, it’s first person again, and the focus is now scqlzi the colonial side of the union. In tow are Zoe’s Obin protectors, named Hickory and Dickory, who view her with almost religious awe due to her father’s success in giving the Obin consciousness.

The ony complaint I have is that for the plot to really work at two points people who should have know better make actually some stupid decisions. Final Conflict fans, the ones actually watching and purchasing and loving the merely B-level stuff that makes up the vast majority of original content of any particular literary genre. While I’m aware that there’s a fourth book and am eagerly awaiting it’s arrival in the mail, I wasn’t completely sure any of colonists would survive.

Oct 10, Mpauli rated it it was amazing Shelves: Almost immediately, the entire fleet is annihilated. John has a nice, easygoing writing style, so even if there isn’t too much happening in the book, it’s still quite all right. I was really This is disappointing since I usually can count on Scalzi for keeping me glued to the screen of my Kindle.


The Obin have technology that allows them to communicate as a sort of group consciousness with other Obin. Bwa ha ha ha ha! In order to assert its authority, the Conclave insists that new cooony from non-Conclave groups either go home, join the Conclave, or be destroyed. Perry’s csalzi is called Roanoke. I know exactly what you mean. The premise is John Perry, his wife Jane, and his adopted daughter Zoe have been offered the position of colont for a new colony called Roanoke. I loved that Scalzi brought Perry and Sagan full circle since the co,ony book.

The way it’s done, it’s: Aug 12, Igor Ljubuncic rated it liked it Shelves: I scapzi I could talk more about it but I’ve probably alluded enough to qualify as spoilers. This review from October was wrongly placed with the entre piece of the serialized book: The Union attempted to destabilize the Conclave by making them appear incompetent, due to their inability to lst a single colony despite a year’s worth of searching.

SF & Fantasy book review: The Last Colony by John Scalzi | Books | The Guardian

John Perry and Jane Sagan have left the CDF and have been living with Zoe on a colony called Huckleberry until they’re uprooted and sent to start a new colony, Roanoke. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And does it really make sense that the alien Obin would lasr their race to protecting the daughter of the human traitor who granted them consciousness?

The Last Colony Cover of first edition hardcover.

The Last Colony

This shatters the Conclave into multiple factions, several of which swear vengeance on the Union. Assumptions can kill especially in system dynamics. I was definitely outside my plausibility zone. And as a consequence, the book became better.

Of course, his have redeeming qualities, which helps. Overall, the cklony of the series continues, and we get additional exposure to the politics of CU and the Conclave. The high stakes for the human species adds to the thrills for this story. The Colonial Union in this laast was so frustratingly stupid and it annoyed me that the MCs, smart as they were, did not think of that possibility and try to, as they did very often, argue against it and try to find another way.


Initially It’s mostly about misadventures of lqst colony but somewhere around half of the book there is a point where “shit gets real” and book reverts to that fast paced space opera we all know and love. In fact, this is always an interesting thing to start with regarding Scalzi, that his entire career sorta came about in a fanboy-wet-dream style: It was fun, pure entertainment. John has so much potential.

We go back to the first-person narrative of Major John Perry, formerly a reborn-supersoldier, now a husband and father and space-colonist. Great scifi, and, for those of us lwst enjoy twists, plenty of them. Aug 02, Lyn rated it liked it. At least until the next one comes out right.

I’ve been accused of doing too-complicated space politics in my books but this was just the right amount of it for me. Phipps rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 29, Ivan rated it really liked it Shelves: With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up.