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Zoe's Tale (Old Man's War) Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2009
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Scalzi writes in a deceptively easy and smooth style and you glide silkily from one page to the next. His writing is leavened with liberal humor and spiced with adrenalin-fueled action scenes making for a thoroughly enjoyable treat. Many people have compared him to Robert Heinlein...I would go even farther. Scalzi could easily be Heinlein's clone when it comes to writing. Their styles are that similar. This is a good thing though, a grand thing, and I am so pleased that Scalzi is writing the books he is.
But...I have to say I was disappointed with Zoe's Tale in several ways. This is entirely my fault as I was so very excited to get a fourth installment in this series that I did not bother to read the publisher's blurb on the Amazon page. The fact I didn't do so is actually a form of homage to Scalzi because I have already decided that anything he writes is worthy of reading so I didn't really feel like I had to check out the plot first. Zoe's Tale simply retells the story of The Last Colony from the perspective of Zoe, a young teenaged girl.Read more ›
If you really like the "Old Man's War" universe, you'll enjoy this book, but don't expect a masterpiece. Frankly, I wish I had waited a few more years before reading this book (after "The Last Colony" had begun to fade from my memory). For those interested in a great book/universe to delve into, though, start with "Old Man's War" and "The Ghost Brigades". Great books.
Zoe, her adopted parents, her two alien bodyguards and about 2000 settlers from 10 different human colonies are sent off by the Colonial Union to colonize a new planet called Roanoke (and anyone who knows American history will appreciate the irony of the name). As it turns out, the Colonial Union has plans that don't have the best interests of the colonists at heart. But fortunately, Zoe is not the type of girl who goes down without fight, especially when the lives of her parents, her new best friend Gretchen (with whom she has a great sarcastic rapport) and her new boyfriend Enzo's lives are at stake.
I like sci-fi, but I've never been big on books where alien races make up a big part of the narrative because of all the exposition you normally have to slog through. Author John Scalzi is wise to keep this to a minimum and the aliens he does introduce even manage to be entertaining (picture big spider like creatures at a hoedown and try not to laugh). Don't let the star trek like premise turn you off, because Zoe, an ordinary teenage girl asked to be extraordinary, is worth getting to know. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Although this isn't a YA novel, Publisher Tor is actively courting the teen market. And with a heroine as appealing and strong as Zoe, I think they just might succeed.
See more of my reviews at presentinglenore.blogspot.com
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Zoe's Tale" is part four of the Old Man's War series of books and is the retelling of the story covered in Scalzi's novel "The Last Colony" from teen aged... Read morePublished 12 days ago by J. Allison
Scalzi takes a known story line from the first three books in this series. He then sums them up and tells the tale anew from the perspective of a young girl. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Hoganwch
It gave nice closure to the previous books with some interesting details and a nice perspective.Published 19 days ago by Steven A Gronemeyer
Definitely not as good as the first two books, but still entertaining.Published 19 days ago by rawbar
Very well written. Exciting enough to to keep you engaged as the author calls you to examine who and "what" we are.Published 22 days ago by Alan Schwartz
Well written, and a great companion to the rest of the books in the series.Published 24 days ago by S. Crair
After reading some of the reviews I was not sure I wanted to spend the time on this one or just move to book 5. I'm sure happy i decided to give it a try. Read morePublished 1 month ago by happy
This story is not as clean as the first three.
Excess repetition, beyond that of a retelling from another view. Read more
This is my least favorite book of the series. That's not to say its bad, but overall least favorite.Published 1 month ago by jdawh