Book Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Fantasy
Book Series: Old Man’s War
Released: 8/19/08 by Tor
Pages: 355 Price: $8.99 Paperback
Source: I borrowed a copy of this book from my library.
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 have mixed feelings about his addition to the Old Man’s War series. I did like it but just a little less than the others I’ve read so far. I have a couple of theories as to why that I will go into in a bit. I’m glad I read it, however, and would suggest if this is your first time through the series that you do as well. If I ever decide to reread this series I will probably skip this one, though.
So what held me back from loving this book. The big issue for me was that this is the same story as the previous book but from a different POV. While it did shed some light on the action that wasn’t shared in the other book what I just feel like I wouldn’t have missed much by not reading this one. The other drawback for me was that is a YA book, it reads like YA, I found it annoying like YA… I’m over YA at this point in my life.
That being said, I did find it fascinating that Scalzi did an amazing job of channeling a 17-year-old girl. Kudos to him. The drama and angst that he showed through his writing is spot on. A couple of new scenes dealing with Zoe’s boyfriend were simply heartbreaking and seeing what happen when she left the plant near the end were worth the read. I don’t know if it needed to read a whole second book to get to those parts, however.
The book did make me want to take a break from the series. The format is changing for the remaining two books, they were written as serial releases, and I think taking a break and then coming back to this world might make it easier to accept any new changes in formatting coming my way. I still plan to finish up the series but just not right now.
My Rating: 3 Stars