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The Last Colony (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Scalzi John

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Title:The Last Colony
Authors:Scalzi John
Info:Tor Books (2008), Edition: paperback / softback, Unknown Binding
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The Last Colony by John Scalzi (2007)

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    Old Man's War by John Scalzi (Karlstar)
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An enjoyable read from the Old Man's War universe. Unfortunately I read The Last Colony and Zoe's Tale out of order so I was already familiar with many of the major plot points. ( )
  kale.dyer | Mar 20, 2016 |
John Perry, Jane Sagan, and Zoë Boutin Perry (and Zoë's Obin watchers Hickory and Dickory) have happily established themselves on the colony planet Huckleberry for six years. However, CDF General Rybicki arrives asking them to lead a the newest Colonial Union colony to be named Roanoke. From the beginning, the Perrys and the colonist are mislead by the CU at every turn. Roanoke is a pawn to be used in a propaganda campaign preceding a military campaign against the Conclave. General Rybicki, Special Forces General Szilard, the colonists, the Conclave, and the CU all have their own goals and agendas. The political machinations are rife as tension build to the showdown. However, John Perry has no plans to allow himself or his colony to be used. Perry and Sagan use their wits and abilities to break the CU's strangle hold on information and show the galaxy the difference between Humanity and the Colonial Union.

Perry's return brings more of the dark humour back to this series. The imperialistic overtones of the Colonial Union become more obvious, while the alien Conclave turns out to be more socialistic. Once again, Perry stands for individualism and the ability of one man to affect massive change. ( )
  ktoonen | Mar 20, 2016 |
John Perry and Jane Sagan, the former Ghost Brigade clone of Perry's dead wife, are offered a position as colony leaders for the new site of Roanoke, which will be inhabited by human settlers from every current human colony. After deliberating it, they decide to accept, and are sent along with Zoe, to the new colony. In tow are Zoe's Obin protectors, named Hickory and Dickory, who view her with almost religious awe due to her father's success in giving the Obin emotion.

Upon arriving, the colonists quickly realize they are not at Roanoke. They are approached by another member of the Special Forces of the CDF, adapted to live in space, who had attached himself to the exterior of their craft, who informs them they have no option but to land and begin the colony anyway. The ship has been irreparably damaged to prevent the craft from leaving orbit, and all the colonists are considered quarantined from the rest of the Colonial Union. The Conclave was aware of the original position of Roanoke, and therefore was waiting to annihilate them. He further tells them that to isolate them fully, they are forbidden from using any advanced technology. This is offset by the presence of the Mennonites, an Amish-like group of colonists who are familiar with more basic machinery they had brought with them.

The colony is founded with surprisingly little difficulty. Several colonists are killed by stone age level werewolf-like creatures who view them as potential prey, but otherwise begin to settle into the colony. After a certain length of time, they are again visited by Special Forces, who inform them that the plan has partially succeeded, and the initial restrictions on technology have been lifted. The Union attempted to destabilize the Conclave by making them appear incompetent, due to their inability to find a single colony despite a year's worth of searching.

After a brief interlude when their location is leaked to the Conclave, they are visited by the Conclave fleet, consisting of a single ship from every member race of the Conclave. The Conclave leader begs John to either give up the colony or secede from the Union and join the Conclave. John refuses, and begs General Gao to give up and leave. Baffled, the leader tells him to make his peace, and orders the fleet to open fire. Almost immediately, the entire fleet is annihilated. Special Forces members, during the prior year, had methodically tracked down every ship that participates in the conclave fleet, and attached an antimatter bomb to the hull. The officer who accompanied the Roanoke colonists then waited for every ship to arrive before detonating the explosives, save the leader's craft. This shatters the Conclave into multiple factions, several of which swear vengeance on the Union. An attempted attack is held off by Jane, remotely controlling the colonies defense lasers, though they are destroyed in the process.

After the attack, John is nearly arrested for almost ruining the plan to destroy the enemy fleet by asking the leader to surrender. He is eventually released, and after speaking with the Special Forces again, returns to Roanoke. He realizes that Roanoke is a sacrificial pawn. If Roanoke is destroyed, enlistment in the CDF will spike, allowing for a more aggressive campaign against the other alien races. This however will cause humanity's eventual extinction due to raw attrition.

Realizing they are an expendable pawn for the Union, John abdicates the leadership of Roanoke, and joins the Conclave after being awarded a ship by them as his sovereign domain, with help from the Obin. Together with a majority of the other members of the Conclave, he visits Earth to reveal what has been occurring in the rest of the universe.

The Colonial Union is thrown into disarray, with enlistment plummeting and potential colonists demurring, but the end of the book suggests that bringing Earth into the Union properly will allow for more diplomatic solutions and cooperation between the races.

  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
Not my cup of tea... it wasn't a space-sci-fi and there was not much military action - just a lot of political and social stuff going on. It is as well written as the others of Scalzi's books, it's just not in the same vein and, thus, was pretty ho-hum to me. I didn't really care about any of the goings-on, and kinda wanted some adventure, or plot that didn't revolve around [oh how bad is THE MAN who tricks us]...

I need stuff to blow up, or aliens to get shot, or some dark and gory stuff to happen. This is just too tame for me. Oh, and I'm a bit tired of the snarky "I'm so perfect because I survived the events of book one" main character. ( )
  crazybatcow | Aug 19, 2015 |
One thing about Scalzi's work is how accessible it is. He writes so simple and that's not a knock on his writing skills. John Scalzi is an incredible writer. Just instead of using a lot of words you have to look up, and long drawn out sentences, his writing is simple and straight forward. It makes for super fast reads that are easy to follow and somehow really good.

The one thing I liked more about The Last Colony than I did about the previous books in the series is the ending. Scalzi has a penchant for super duper happy fuzzy everything is fantastic endings, while a lot of people surely do enjoy those types of endings, they're not my favorite. This book was a happy ending of sorts but not as fuzzy and happy as the others. I liked it a lot more and like every other Scalzi book I highly recommend this read.

Don't just read one Scalzi book, read them all. He's that damn good. ( )
  scifi_jon | Jun 16, 2015 |
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Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up.

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.

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Perry and Sagan are back in the thick of interstellar politics, betrayal, and war as leaders of a new human colony, to be peopled by settlers from all the major human worlds.

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