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The End of All Things

by John Scalzi

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Series: The End of All Things (1-4 collected), Old Man's War (6)

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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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The End.

The Old Man's War series was one hell of a ride, from decanting brains out of old people into nice young military types to decanting brains into spaceships against one's will, from never-ending expansion to civil war between Earth and the Colonies to the possible collapse of all human space against the rest of the aliens we didn't try to get along with.

It's pretty epic.

But you know what I like most about this whole thing?

Scalzi's light-hearted humor.

Sure, there's a lot of great competence porn and even better SF ideas and deeper philosophical statements studded throughout a wild space opera adventure full of down-to-earth characters and politics and great funny moments, but it's the voices of the characters that made it shine. They're light and easy reads that always manages to say something important.

This novel is actually four novellas and they all do a bang up job wrapping up the whole shebang. Will humanity survive its follies? We've managed to piss off practically everyone and ourselves, so is there really a hope for us?

No. I guess not. :) But then there's Wilson so I guess we're not that bad. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
I love John Scalzi (nearly read everything he's written) but this was not his best book. I'd actually say this was my least favorite Scalzi book.

The only way this book should be read is if there is a 7th book. If the series ends on this, it's a big shame. ( )
  cgfaulknerog | May 28, 2020 |
76 points, 4 stars!
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Humanity is holding on by the tips of its fingers in space. The Colonial Union has made a lot of enemies, and now Earth isn't supplying them with more people to help keep them safe anymore. They're having to rely on themselves, and they don't really have the resources to do it. Humans on colonial planets are now revolting en masse. And there is a shadow group doing as much as it can to pit Humanity against the Conclave, a group of allied alien nations, and wipe the both of them out in one fell swoop.
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"You should be dead!" Aul yelled at the monitor. "You should be dead, your ship should be dead, you should all be dead! You magnificent shit-eater!"
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The End of All Things is the follow up to The Human Division. Shit broke itself, and now we gotta fix it. All while some truly heinous, horrifically awesome sci-fi is going on. When I say Old Man's War gets better after Perry and Sagan aren't around anymore, I really mean it. John Scalzi just really knows how to write some good sci-fi.

This book is broken up into four novellas that were each released individually. Where it differs from The Human Division, which was also released in parts individually and collected later into one volume, is that The End of All Things just tells a narrative way better. It feels like a story, not a bunch of little bits and pieces that may or may not be important.

The End of All Things tell- four stories, from four different people, all in chronological order. The goal? To fix everything that goes wrong in The Human Division, and make everyone happy. A lofty, but impossible, goal. There are too many people with too many different, competing, desires. Still a good story.

It is also truly terrifying at times.

The first novella, The Life of the Mind, features a brain in a jar. Really. The....the very idea of being trapped inside your own mind without any input is absolutely horrifying. Scalzi, until this point, has done a very good job in the series at bringing up the horrific without dwelling on it. This novella dwells on it. It feeds on it. It thrives on it. This idea is really weird, creepy, and interesting. He was a person, then he became a brain. They forced him to become a brain that had to follow orders - and he isn't that good at following orders.

The second novella, This Hollow Union, didn't go where I expected it to go. Things are heating up fast. But I love the main character, Hafte Sorvalh. I also really love the leader of the Conclave, General Grau. These two are an amazing pair. I just..didn't expect this novella to end up where it did. I'm scared! I'm really, really scared. The main purpose is to show how absolutely tired the alien Conclave is of humans, but most specifically the Colonial Union, as if we didn't know that already. The secondary purpose was the end of the novella, which holy shit was not where I expected it to go.

The third novella, Can Long Endure, is another one I didn't expect the end of. It just didn't have the holy shit consequences that This Hollow Union had. The purpose is to see just how much the Colonial Union is falling to pieces. They're on the brink of collapse. All because of their own shitty actions. No one wants to play with them anymore. Not the Conclave, not Earth, not their planets. Not even their soldiers. No one. Shit is getting real, and it is getting real quickly.

The last novella, To Stand or Fall, is the end. The real end to the series, not the end like we got in The Last Colony. There is nowhere else to go from here. The novella actually feels quick, because it so smoothly slides into where the end is. There were a few diplomatic hiccoughs, but everything just kind of ended. Quickly. I was actually expecting more flash, more bang. But it was more like a flop.

Overall, I really liked The End of All Things, and I enjoyed reading Old Man's War. It isn't my favourite by any means, but I had a lot of fun reading it. I enjoyed many of the concepts. There were some things I would have liked different, but isn't that true of everyone of every series? As is, it was enjoyable. ( )
  keikii | Jan 23, 2020 |
The story is comprised of four linked novellas. Set in the Old Man’s War universe this is not the book to pick up without knowing what is going on previously. There is some back story but you do miss a bit of reason for some things happening. In the end the good guys win and the book ends without a huge cliff hanger but does set the stage for more stories without leaving the reader on pins and needles about happens next. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jan 6, 2020 |
Zippy. I liked the four part structure with the alternating narrators. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Dec 22, 2019 |
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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
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