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The Last Colony (Old Man's War #3)

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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 huma
Paperback, 324 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by Tor Science Fiction (first published 2007)
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mark monday
Jun 12, 2015 mark monday rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: futuristik
stupid fucking humans, you are the worst! always getting shit wrong and not caring!

John Scalzi sort of agrees but sort of doesn't. he's a humanist who loves the individual as well as a scornful critic who slams systems, systematized secrecy, imperialism, and the use of conflict as a way to achieve goals. so he gets to have his cake and eat it too. his love of people is on display as ever, and although his characters often lack depth and aren't particularly interesting, they are still warmly char
Apr 30, 2011 Kemper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, war, aliens, 2011
I’m no expert at colonizing newly discovered worlds, but I gotta think that naming your new planet ‘Roanoke’ and your settlement town ‘Croatoan’ is just asking to be pimp slapped by fate. Why not just christen a ship ‘Titantic’ or call that new nuclear plant ’Chernobyl’? What’s the worst that could happen?

The third installment of this series finds John Perry and his wife Jane retired from the Colonial Defense Force and living quietly on a colonized planet with their daughter. The CDF approaches
After retiring from the Colonial Defense Force, John Perry and Jane Sagan started a new life on the Human colony Huckleberry. The two of them live with their adopted daughter Zoë, work local jobs, and have a farm. All of that changes when they are approached to be the leaders of a new human colony which will be colonized by people from other human colonies. There is more to this arrangement than they were told and the family finds itself once again forced to fight to survive.

John Scalzi shows an
Dan Schwent
Mar 13, 2011 Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, 2010, the-scalz
John Perry and Jane Sagan have left the CDF and have been living with Zoe on a colony called Huckleberry until they're uprooted and sent to start a new colony, Roanoke. Only the CDF isn't telling them the whole truth and the Conclave is on the prowl for rogue colonies. Can Perry and his family save Roanoke without being traitors to the Colonial Union?

Wow. I loved this book almost as much as I loved the first in the series, Old Man's War. John Perry is back and in fine form. Scalzi crammed a lot
Sep 24, 2014 Bookwraiths rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, library
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

I have to admit I was a bit excited to finally get to read The Last Colony. Old Man’s War was a great scifi novel and The Ghost Brigades was only a notch below it, in my opinion, so when I opened this one up, I had really high expectations – expectations that were not met by this novel, unfortunately. Oh, it was still an enjoyable read, just not the military extravaganza I was expecting.

The Last Colony opens with John Perry and his wife, Jane, living a
Tom Merritt
Oct 19, 2013 Tom Merritt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's an easy brilliance to the OMW series that I think shines at its best in Last Colony. At any moment you may feel like you're reading a light novel with snappy dialog and a straightforward plot. The phrase 'beach reading' May even flit through your mind. But the. You'll realize that these characters are green super soldiers, alien generals with eye stalks and emotionless guardians of a teenage girl. Then it strikes you that the themes aren't just love and family and such but also war and o ...more
This review from October was wrongly placed with the entre piece of the serialized book:

This was a well-paced, fun space opera in the same universe as Scalzi’s series starting with “The Old Man’s War”. The confederation of human planets known as Colonial Union was formed in response to alien civilizations out to exterminate our species, and in response to their success hundreds of alien species have formed their own confederation, the Conclave. The resulting peace from strength has become shaky
Nov 23, 2013 seak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I think Scalzi's a fun author to read, one you can always go back to knowing you'll have an entertaining read. He's got smart characters you can root for, fast-paced plots, and you always know you won't have to think too hard. I love to be challenged in my reading, but I don't want to be challenged with every single book I read. Thus, authors like John Scalzi make for the perfect break in your intellectual readings.

The Last Colony is the final Old Man's War universe novel with John Perry and Jan
The Shayne-Train
Wowzers. Just....plain....wowzers.


This was such a perfect end to the trilogy. We go back to the first-person narrative of Major John Perry, formerly a reborn-supersoldier, now a husband and father and space-colonist.

Plenty of good kill-all-da-alienz stuff, but also a lot of good making-your-way-in-the-world-today-takes-everything-you-got stuff too. Oh, and some DOWN-WITH-THE-MAN stuff. Can't forget that.

Goodreads tells me there are more books in the series. I find that odd, because it felt like
Overall this was a fantastic read and a lot of fun. Seeing the story again told from John Perry's point of view was a blast and the combination of humor, plot, twists, characters and action worked really well for me.
The ony complaint I have is that for the plot to really work at two points people who should have know better make actually some stupid decisions. I think if everyone had really acted like I would assume leaders of large political groups would act, then the story couldn't have played
2012 January

At the end of the book Scalzi says he isn't going to write any more about these characters. So even though I'm midway in Zoe's Tale, I'm having a sad. It's smart science fiction, interesting characters, intriguing problems with colonization, and Sagan and Perry are so good at working things through. I would happily read many more stories about them. Great scifi, and, for those of us who enjoy twists, plenty of them. Really, Old Man's War is an unusually strong series. There must be f
Oct 06, 2008 Sandi rated it really liked it
The more of John Scalzi’s work I read, the more I like his writing. Set in the same universe as “Old Man’s War”, the 2008 Hugo nominated novel, “The Last Colony” does not disappoint. Scalzi has a gift for writing science fiction that fires the imagination and remains completely believable. He doesn’t fill his novels with a bunch of boring exposition. Any technology that needs explanation is explained in a comprehensible manner, not with a lot of jargon. In many ways, his novels hearken back to t ...more
Milda Page Runner
Some spoilers in here, read at your own peril.

The good:
John Perry - I loved his voice, his humour, the way he has with the people around him.
Colonizing new planet - the adventures and difficulties that came with uncharted territory.
The ending - Scalzi seems to deliver happy optimistic endings every time and I love it.
The bad:
Too much politics
CU acting like complete morons. I can accept one person doing stupid mistake but organisation that successfully led humanity for few hundred years colle
Aug 05, 2015 Ivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Book started off slowly.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.

First half: 3 stars.Slow but necessary.

Second half: 5 stars.Best part of the series, when things got going I couldn't put it down.
The Last Colony is the third installment of the Old Man’s War series by John Scalzi, and will probably be my last visit to Scalzi world. I really enjoyed Old Man’s War, as it had the perfect blend of a sympathetic and wise-cracking main character, intriguing concept (recruiting 75 year olds with the promise of powerful new military bodies to fight aliens threatening humanity), basic training with the new bodies, first combat, and an exciting finale.

However, with each successive book I’m learning
Jason Pettus
(My full review of this book is much longer than Goodreads' word-count limitations. Find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [].)

Regular readers will know that I've found myself in a special situation this month, because of accidentally getting my hands on a total of eight out of the twelve science-fiction novels nominated this year for either the Hugo or Philip K Dick award; today's review is the sixth of that series*, with the rest of them found
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
An excellent end to the trilogy starting with "Old Man's War" & continued in "The Ghost Brigades". The first mainly follows Perry, the second Sagan & this one, the third, both. The style is reminiscent of Heinlein's best, before he got weird in the 70's, & without all the philosophizing. Just an excellent story in an interesting universe.
4.0 to 4.5 stars. Another excellent installment of this very good space opera series by John Scalzi. Well thought out plot, great characters and outstanding world-building.

Nominee: Hugo Award Best Novel (2008)
Nominee: Locus Award Best SF Novel (2008)
Fred Hughes
Jun 04, 2013 Fred Hughes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Scalzi continues in his Old Man’s War series with The Last Colony.

Our main characters are John Perry (ex Colonial Defense Forces soldier) , Jane Sagan (ex Colonial Defense Soldier) and their adopted daughter Zoe (whose real Dad tried to kill humanity).

John and Jane have been chosen to lead 2500 citizens to form a colony on the planet Roanoke. It is uninhabited and with a little work can support humans.

But the universe is a tough place and habitable planets are in demand by many different
Jun 21, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Colony starts out a little slow, what saved it for me was Scalzi's writing, particularly his humor which buoyed me along until the action started. Typically, the action wasn't far behind and of a different nature than you're lead to believe from the book description. There is the usual dirty dealing from the Colonial Union vs. Interstellar machinations, this time in the form of the Conclave.

What I particularly enjoyed was how John Perry was consistently pissed off enough to implement hi
Alex Ristea
Jan 22, 2014 Alex Ristea rated it really liked it
Mr. Scalzi, you inspire me to read more science fiction.

Now, I'm not so well-read in sci-fi, so you'll pardon me for saying that this is a damn cool take on space colonization! Many things were learned—and more importantly—my imagination was piqued.

I think the tighter first person POV was an improvement over the previous novel, and we traded action for politics, which was a nice change of pace.

Do you have any recommendations for other books I should try?
The third and final book in the Old Man's War trilogy (that was until Scalzi's publisher offered him a nice bag of money to write the fourth and fifth books). With this third novel Scalzi opts for a change of pace. Instead of the Colonial Defence Force, of Old Man's War, or the Special Forces, of The Ghost Brigade, our eighty-eight year old hero John Perry (ex-CDF and now transplanted back into a much younger looking human body) and Jane Sagan (his former dead wife whose DNA was used as the basi ...more
Jun 08, 2012 Dorothea rated it did not like it
I found The Last Colony really disappointing compared to Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades. Here's why:

1. The first two books got a lot of their structure from the military training that their protagonists, John Perry and Jared Dirac. The process of learning new skills and ways of thinking also made Perry and Dirac interesting characters. The Last Colony doesn't have any training; Perry is the protagonist again and he does have to adapt to a new career as the administrator of a new colony, bu
David Sven
Sep 01, 2012 David Sven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
In The Last Colony we are reunited with John Perry and Jane Sagan from the previous books. In return for Jane’s silence regarding the events of book 2, Jane and John have their consciousness transferred back into human bodies to start a new married life on one of the colonies, on the planet Huckleberry. That would be the one with the moons called Sawyer and Becky. Apparently the original colonists had a Twain fetish. Anyway, they adopt Zoe, Charles Boutin’s daughter from book 2, and the story pi ...more
Pedro António
(3.5 stars rounded down)

After thoroughly enjoying The Ghost Brigades I was really curious to see where Scalzi would take us next in this universe.

I really liked the idea of focusing on the intricacies of getting a colony running and think that was implemented mostly without flaws ((view spoiler)), but I don't feel that the book as a whole is as good as the previous two.
The second part of
Jun 04, 2008 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Colony is book three in a series that follows John Perry and Jane Sagan, former Colonial Defence Forces, ret., and former Special Forces for the Colonial Union, ret. They have been living on a established colony world for several years and are now approached by CDF to be leaders of a new colonial expansion. After some consideration, they agree.

After the ship arrives in orbit around Roanoke, they realize something is not right. From there, events quickly spiral downhill as they find out
Oct 04, 2015 Tanner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again John Scalzi continues to impress me with this series. It is set almost eight years into the future from the last time we heard from John Perry. Meaning that Mr. Perry is now 80 years old.

You follow three main characters once again. They are John, Jane, and Zoe. And there family dynamic was one of the things that made this book so enjoyable to me. Because this was the first time we got to see them all together.

This book is about taking a trip to the colony that they need to settle on
Aug 15, 2015 Krbo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Povratak dide Perryja u akciju - je da ga vratiše u "obično" tijelo kao i gospođu no ne može imati mira mada se mislio skrasiti u miru nakon obavljene vojne službe.

Perry mu je očito omiljeni lik - čim ga je vratio Scalzi je opet uključio britki humor i živahne dijaloge.

Dosta bolji dojam od #2 - jaka četvorka i preporuka odlične zabave
Ο Σκάλζι συνεχίζει την διαστημικότατη, sci-fi σειρά του στον τρίτο τόμο. Για όσους δεν ξέρουν, ας κάνω μια επανάληψη: περιπέτεια, χιούμορ, απολαυστικές sci-fi ιδέες. Επιπλέον, διάλογοι χαριτωμένοι έως και διασκεδαστικοί, και χαρακτήρες που σκιαγραφούνται κυρίως μέσα από πράξεις και λόγια, παρά από την συνήθη, σε περιπέτειες, παρεμβατική και προσβλητική για τη νοημοσύνη του αναγνώστη, αμετροέπεια του συγγραφέα.

Στον τρίτο του τόμο ο Σκάλζι, έχει την μυθολογία του πια έτοιμη: sci-fi ιδέες, σύμπαν,
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(If you want to contact John, using the mail function here is a really bad way to do it. Go to his site and use the contact information you find there.)
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Other Books in the Series

Old Man's War (7 books)
  • Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
  • The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War, #2)
  • Zoe's Tale (Old Man's War, #4)
  • The Human Division (Old Man's War, #5)
  • The End of All Things (Old Man's War, #6)
  • To Stand or Fall (The End of All Things, #4)

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