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The End of All Things (Old Man's War)

by John Scalzi

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Series: Old Man's War (6)

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This was the sixth book in the Old Man's War series and as always, I enjoyed the read. This book continues the story from the previous books, and it once again takes on the form of multiple novellas rather than one continuous novel. That part frustrates me a bit as the last three books in the series were either collections or a retelling of a previous story, but Scalzi does a great job of writing about characters and relations between groups of people. I am caught up on this series for now, but will certainly continue reading if and when the next book comes out. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
Loved this series. ( )
  josh513 | Feb 3, 2018 |
THE END OF ALL THINGS is the group of novellas that bring the Old Man's War series to a satisfying conclusion. The first novella tells the story of a human pilot who was captured by the Equilibrium - a very secretive organization that wants to bring down the human Colonial Union and the alien Conclave - a government of over 400 alien species. The Equilibrium didn't need Rafe Daquin's body so they discarded it and turned him into a brain in a box to pilot one of the ships they stole. What they didn't realize was that before Rafe was a pilot he was a computer programmer and was thus able to get into the program they were using to subdue him and subvert it. He escaped after causing a good deal of damage and brought all sorts of evidence of the Equilibrium's plot to the Colonial Union.

The second novella concerns itself with the Conclave and the political maneuverings happening in it. It stars Hafte Sorvalh who becomes the Premier of a very divided assortment of aliens and governments.

The third novella tells about current events from the viewpoint of Lieutenant Heather Lee who is leading a platoon of Colonial Defense Force soldiers as they are sent to various planets under the control of the Colonial Union that are in various states of rebellion.

The fourth novella brings together Lieutenant Harry Wilson, Ambassador Ode Abumwe, Ambassador Danielle Lowen, Premier Hafte Sorvalh, and other characters from earlier books in this series as they figure out a way for all three rival groups - the Conclave, the Colonial Union, and Earth - to find a way to defeat the Equilibrium and find a way to live in peace.

This was an excellent story with memorable characters and great world building. ( )
  kmartin802 | Nov 1, 2017 |
The End of All Things by John Scalzi. A good writer is able to write a continuing series of stories self contained and complete in themselves yet weave them together in a larger narrative. Scalzi is one those authors. I started this series with the Old Man’s War A first person war diary of an ad writer turned super soldier named John Perry. This story is our introduction to world of the Colonial Union. The Ghost Brigades continues the story of John Perry and looks at some of the complexities of the technology involved in producing super soldiers and hints at potential conspiracies against the Colonial Union in this universe. In The Last Colony we are introduced to another major power in the Old Man’s War universe The Conclave is an alliance of planets bent on controlling the unlimited war between spieces for colonies. John Perry, now married, is the leader of the Colonial Union’s newest and possibly last new colony. The Colony is at risk for destruction by the Conclave. Ultimately Perry is able to stop the destruction of the colony by allying with the Conclave and revealing how the Colonial Union has kept Earth in the dark about the larger universe. Earth, the Colonial Unions primary source of troops and colonists, is now set against the Colonial Union. The Conclave and Colonial Union are now direct conflict with each other. Zoe's Tale is a parallel retelling of Scalzi's third Old Man's War novel, The Last Colony, written as a first-person narrative from the viewpoint of Zoë Boutin Perry. Zoe is the daughter of former super soldiers John Perry and Jane Sagan. It follows up on several plot points that were underrepresented in the original novel. The Human Division deals with the implications of the division between humanities two branches Earth and the Colonial Union. The Union having lost its primary source of power and survival the troops and colonists from Earth, has only decades to survive in a universe with many hostile speices and Earth now stripped of its primary protector is now vulnerable to attack. Each must think of new ways of doing business in a complex military and political climate. The Conclave and the Union now jockey for position in the impending possible inevitable final conflict. End of All things is the final act in this multi part story that has been building to a conclusion. The story returns to its first person narrative style seen in Old Man’s War. We are taken into world spycraft and diplomacy viewed from each individual’s perspective and heard from each individual’s voice. The novel keeps the tension high and mystery building up to a fever pitch. The conclusion is both unexpected satisfying and truly the sum of all the previous novels. Is this the End of All Things I certainly hope not! ( )
  Cataloger623 | Sep 19, 2017 |
Not deep and profound, but eminently readable and entertaining. Story moves along briskly and the characters are enjoyable. The books that make up this story universe (old man's war) are all rock solid. ( )
  Whiskey3pa | Aug 23, 2017 |
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New readers will certainly enjoy the work, but the real payoff comes for longtime fans, who will especially appreciate a powerful moment featuring the alien General Gau. Scalzi knows just how to satisfy his fans, providing tense, thrilling action scenes while turning a critical eye on the interstellar equivalents of the military-industrial complex.
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Dufris, WilliamNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gilbert, TaviaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harris, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Jay and Mary Vernau, of Jay and Mary's Book Center of Troy, Ohio;

To Alan Beatts and Jude Feldman of Borderlands Books of San Francisco, California;

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And to all the booksellers who have shared my work with the readers in their stores.

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"Humans expanded into space ... only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement ... for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more. Now the Colonial Union is living on borrowed time--a couple of decades at most, before the ranks of the Colonial Defense Forces are depleted and the struggling human colonies are vulnerable to the alien species who have been waiting for the first sign of weakness to drive humanity to ruin. And there's another problem: a group, lurking in the darkness of space, playing human and alien against each other--and against their own kind--for their own unknown reasons. In this collapsing universe, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson and the Colonial Union diplomats he works with race against the clock to discover who is behind attacks on the Union and on alien races, to seek peace with a suspicious, angry Earth, and keep humanity's union intact ... or else risk oblivion, and extinction--and the end of all things"--… (more)

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