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The Last Colony by Scalzi John

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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After the undeniable SF pedigree of the earlier two novels in the series, this entry felt entirely too devoted to politics and diplomacy, although still enjoyably so. The smirky protagonist (found in all of Scalzi’s books, as far as I know) brings a dry humor to the narrative. In this series, the character is named John Perry, and along with his wife and fellow former soldier, Jane Sagan, find a way to avert disaster for underdog humanity in a hostile universe. The pair are bit too idealized, however, and would be more interesting with some character flaws or blind spots. Another missed opportunity I noted was that while the novel is full of plenty of alien species and characters, there are practically no descriptions of their appearance, physiologies, or philosophies. They could all very conceivably stand-in for humans in all their nationalities and factions, operating from some non-SF setting. The cookie-cutter approach reminds me of the TV aliens in Star Trek, ironically something Scalzi quite successfully lampooned in 2012’s “Redshirts”. For this level of multi-layered strategic diplomacy, one could just as easily have picked up a thriller from the current NYT bestseller list in the Fiction aisle, but as a SF fan, I would have liked to see something more exotic from the characters, settings, motives, etc. A final criticism is one I’ve spotted in other Scalzi books: An overuse of the verb “said” in dialog. After a string of several, my ear was straining for some variety. Where the novel succeeds, however, is in the moderate humor and clever solutions to the tough spots the characters find themselves in. There are some very satisfying ‘back from the brink’ moments here, and on the strength of the earlier novels in the series, I’m willing to continuing reading the series after this bridge book. ( )
  SciFi-Kindle | Mar 16, 2015 |
I love Scalzi's Old Man's War series. John Perry and Jane Sagan are two very accessible and fun characters that I would love to meet again. ( )
  JoshuaAtkins | Jan 26, 2015 |
Last book of predictable series. Get from Library ( )
  Cataloger623 | Nov 8, 2014 |
John and Jane are back in the third installment of Old Man's War. I really enjoyed the fast paced action and how they solved the problems facing them. ( )
  ladyoflorien | Aug 11, 2014 |
John Perry and Jane Sagan having left the Colonial Defence Force are currently ensconced as administrators in a backwash planet in an out of the way part of the galaxy. That is until they are earmarked to lead a brand new type of colony that is being garnered from other human conquered worlds rather than just from Earth itself. Things are not quite so straightforward as they first appeared though as on arrival at the new planet it is apparent it is different to the one they were led to believe. A special forces operative makes himself known to brief them on their situation. A New alien alliance has formed and placed a moratorium on expansion by non-members and will extinguish any new colonies that arise by any means necessary. Can John and Jane, along with their adopted daughter Zoe and her two Obin companions, forge their disparate band of colonists into a survival group as it is being used as a pawn to thwart this new alliance?

This book differs in scope from the previous two quite dramatically. They were mainly action-orientated sequences that drove the plot forward. Here we have a political/sociology experience full of intrigue. That’s not to say there aren’t any action sequences as they do occur but this is definitely aimed more towards space opera than tech war. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | May 21, 2014 |
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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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