Price set by seller.
The Human Division #1: The B-Team Kindle Edition
|Length: 432 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $0.49 when you buy the Kindle book.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
This is on top of how ridiculous it is that ebooks are priced what they are to begin with, but serializing this story, if one was to do the simple math, will make this the most expensive short novella I've ever bought by a long shot by the time it's finished (note: subsequent chapters are much shorter, but priced the same).
I applaud he and the publisher for trying out different ways to deliver content, but I would not recommend this exact model again for future endeavors.
I hate to grade this story on the mode of delivery, but as that mode is kind of an integral part of this serialization experiment, I consider it fair game. I feel strongly enough about the issue that the two stars reflect that. Had The Human Division been released in its entirety (or, if you're looking for novel delivery methods, as part of a reasonably priced subscription as it was doled out in chapters), where I wasn't going to end up paying multiple times more than a normal novel, I'd likely give it 4 stars.
I realize that taken in a vacuum, the extra money spent on this story isn't going to make a difference in my finances, but it's the bigger picture worry of books going this route and the perfectly acceptable gradual increase in book prices taking an unacceptable jarring mammoth leap that impels me to leave this feedback.
Very readable. But seemingly written on the fly without a strong overall plan.
Read something like World War Z and you see a bunch of completely different stories which nevertheless each feel like they're telling an important part of the war. Contrast that with the Human Division, and you have something much more akin to network television, with some stories advancing the overall plot very little, some advancing it more, some being quite engaging, and some seeming like filler episodes. Happily, there's not TOO much flashback concerning what has gone on before. The first episode seems the best, but even its plot relies on a stupid technical oversight by the designers of the starship's black box recorders (minor spoiler: they expend energy to stabilize themselves in space, but do not automatically reserve some energy to ping back their location to authorized searche parties-dumb, since they're useless if they can't be found). The aliens...basically seem like earthlings in other bodies. Not much going for this series, except a light breezy style, and likeable characters who unfortunately only show up in about 60% of the episodes.
Finished the series today...some of the episodes are like snippets from a short story - that is, they don't feel like complete short stories themselves.
The final installment is much longer and by far the best, but really...not all that satisfying.
I don't think I'll buy a book by John Scalzi again unless it already has glowing reviews.
[NO]>>> read that first
Did you LIKE the Old Man's War series?
[NO]>>> don't buy this
Do you have $1?
Would you pay $1 to read each chapter*(see note below) of a book you would probably like about as much as the Old Man's War series?
[NO]>>> don't start this series
*Note: Each of these episodes is about as long as a chapter of a "real" book. The difference is that each episode has a small plot that fits into an overarching narrative (though some don't seem to fit until you buy the next episode)
Personally I think it is a little expensive at $1 per episode, yet I've already bought/read #1-10 and paid for episode #11 (not yet released as of the date of this review).
Given those to things, this was an awesome Pilot for a show I can't wait to see more of. Set in the same universe as Old Man's War and featuring one of the minor characters from that series, Harry Wilson: High School Teacher. Like most of Scalzi's work it was fun and fast paced.
Most recent customer reviews
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Literature & Fiction > United States
- Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Adventure
- Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Colonization
- Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Military
- Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Space Opera
- Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > Two hours or more (65-100 pages) > Literature & Fiction
- Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > Two hours or more (65-100 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Adventure
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Colonization
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Military
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Space Opera