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

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I think the parts where it should spend more time on got shortened like the going ons in other planets during the war with the Conclave etc, and vice versa.

Thoughts on The Last Colony

Coming off a decent, albeit underwhelming second novel Ghost BrigadesI wanted Last Colony to evolve into a alst I could endorse as passionately as The Expanse. This time around John Perry and his badass wife Jane are out of the CDF and are no longer green, having been given retired human bodies.

Thus, authors like John Scalzi make for the perfect break in your intellectual readings. There is more to this arrangement than they were told and the family finds itself once again forced to fight to survive.

Perhaps because he doesn’t learn anything in this book apart from political secrets, I found John Perry really boring to read about this time. Assumptions can kill especially in system dynamics. I think that might have been Scalzi’s intent.

And then the second novel in the series, The Ghost Brigadesis a standalone story concerning the “secret police” that exists within this colonial military; their brains are essentially newborn babies, put into the bodies of fully adult soldiers who have died, given a bizarre and truncated childhood and education and generally kept isolated from the entire rest of humanity.

Perry has a very compelling voice, full of irony, and it was a pleasure to hear him again. Even people from a different country on our little planet have completely different mannerisms, idioms, and way of speaking, let alone an intergallatic bug-like species from a distant world. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


Sdalzi any moment you may feel lsat you’re reading a light novel with snappy dialog and a straightforward plot. The Last Colony does not have the careless humor and the adventure of the first book. Book started off slowly. Anne, I know exactly what you mean. They become the administrators of a new human colony, Roanoke.

The colony proceeds with surprisingly little initial difficulty. This conforms to a long tradition in space opera, where space is just a playground for human drama some of the best, like the works of Bujold and David Weber dispense with aliens altogether. Hey, at least we have each other.

No, really, I did. I love myself some xenobiology, but I feel jkhn author has taken what should be colkny selling point to the series and glazed over it with ambiguity.

The story has a lot of moving parts and an air of mystery. View all 8 comments. Let’s take, for example Apr 10, Stuart rated it liked it Shelves: Does that make any sense? I was really bored. The weaving of multiple threads and complex strategies lift the novel a bit above the pulp level.

I have a plan to crawl out his TV set later on tonight. Any technology that needs explanation is explained in a comprehensible manner, not with a lot of jargon. That is, until his and Jane’s past reaches out to bring them back into the game–as leaders of a new human colony, to be peopled by settlers from all the major human worlds, for a deep political purpose that will put Perry and Sagan back in the thick of interstellar politics, betrayal, and war.

Quotes from The Last Colony. They are fun and easy to read, but they are also full of big ideas. Scalzi has all of these interesting alien species, but I’m This is the point in the series where the story needed to make me fall in love with it as much as the first book did.

SF : The Last Colony / John Scalzi ★★★½

Can Perry and his family save Roanoke zcalzi being traitors to the Colonial Union? Naturally, the fates want more from our characters and they are once more pushed into the centre of the action, namely, be the administrators of a new special colony, Roanoke, with heavy political symbolism.


How much cooler would the climax have been if the werewolves had decided to reappear right on top of everything else hitting the fan? Rather than draw those conflicts out in black and white terms, Scalzi gives each supporting character a lot of nuance.

The Last Colony

Out went the third-person chapters, and in came a new focus on John Perry and his point of view. Hope you crank out another similar series soon. The mysterious disappearance of the American colony is so far in the past no one realizes this is a joke on our hapless colonizers.

Then, they’re offered the chance to head a new colony that really needs them. View all 19 comments. Griffin; I like his stories, but is it sheer laziness that makes him cut and paste entire passages from previous books? Initially It’s mostly about misadventures of cutoff 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.

The premise is John Perry, his wife Jane, and his adopted daughter Zoe have been offered the position of overseers for a new colony called Roanoke. So, as I believe I mentioned before, what I ended up doing is taking Sam for a walk to that old abandoned well I have on my property metaphorically if not literally and pushing him down into it. What does work, and quite well, is the portrayal of the mundane, daily crises that an emerging colony must endure, and the relationships between those on whom the survival of hundreds of people relies.