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Zoe’s Tale

Posted by spragujs on October 15, 2010

Ah, and here it is!  The other side of the story of the indigenous species that I was so curious about from the last book!  And a seemingly deus ex machina that I totally glossed over, but according to the afterward was complained about by other readers after they’d finished with The Last ColonyZoe’s Tale, by John Scalzi, is the last book (so far) in the Old Man’s War series.  That same afterward that I mentioned seems to indicate it’s possible there will be more someday, but that there isn’t yet.  I’m sure I’d be glad to read more! 

This novel was actually the same story as in The Last Colony, only from the point of view of John Perry’s adopted daughter, Zoe Boutin.  The blurb:

How do you tell your part in the biggest tale in history?

I ask because it’s what I have to do. I’m Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player (and a pawn) in a interstellar chess match to save humanity, or to see it fall. Witness to history. Friend. Daughter. Human. Seventeen years old.

Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don’t know my tale: How I did what I did — how I did what I had to do — not just to stay alive but to keep you alive, too. All of you. I’m going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope. Everything that happened, bringing us to Earth, and Earth out of its captivity. All through my eyes.

It’s a story you know. But you don’t know it all.

I’m glad I read this story!  As I mentioned, it filled in one hole that I noticed as well as at least one that I hadn’t.  Zoe is also quite the entertaining character, just as her father was for me.  And as the blurb indicates, it tells a bit more emotional tale than did The Last Colony.  All in all I thought it was quite well done!  It may have made for a better book overall if the two had all been put together into one book (as Zoe’s bits tend to fill in detail where there wasn’t such in The Last Colony), but that might just be my love of enormous books talking!

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One Response to “Zoe’s Tale”

  1. ~ap~ said

    Maybe I’ll check these out on audio, they sound good!

    ~ap~

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