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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 human
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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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
Dan Schwent
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
Nov 23, 2013 seak rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Tom Merritt
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
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
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
Wendell Adams
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
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
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
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?
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)
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
Fred Hughes
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
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
David Sven
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
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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
Executive Summary: Another fun, quick read in the Old Man's War series

Audio book: As must as I enjoy Wil Wheaton for Mr. Scalzi's other books, I think William Dufris is a great fit for this series. This is especially true with the return of John Perry as the protagonist.

Full Review
If you look at my read shelf, you'll see that I read a lot more fantasy than science fiction. I think if I was aware of more sci-fi like this series, I'd probably read a lot more.

I've read several books by Mr. Scalzi,
The Last Colony is the third book set in the universe created in Old Man's War and expanded on my Ghost Brigades. I think it's best read after reading the other two, although it's not required. You'll get enough background to follow the story, although it's also enough information to spoil some of the plot twists in the previous two books.

This volume isn't the kind of millitary story told in the first two books. Instead, it focuses more on family, really. While the circles of family and communi
The Last Colony definitely needs to be read after having read the first two books, as it's directly connected to both, uses the same world, and many of the most key characters. Like the others, it's easy to read and fun. It returns to using the same narrator as the first book, which I think is a bonus: he's fun. The plot is pretty much the culmination of things that have been building up in the other two books, which is why you need to read them. I liked the conclusion of it, and the open-endedn ...more
After my five-star endorsement for The Ghost Brigades, falling back to four stars for The Last Colony, the final book in this powerful series, feels like a demotion, and in some ways it is, since the purpose of this book is to reunite the almost-lovers John and Jane from book one of the series, Old Man's War, and finally make good on the threat to expose the maniacal mismanagement of the human colonies. In that respect, this book is a "tie up the loose ends" effort. But it does such a good job o ...more
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
In my case, this was a series of diminishing returns. Perry comes back to the story as the narrator and sometimes-wise-cracker, and that is a very good thing, as Scalzi writes well from this perspective. Otherwise, I had trouble getting into a story that delves into politics, politics, and more politics, strewn across a few planets and galaxies and government bodies that toss their names into the fray without offering much in terms of character or history. The Colonial Union and the Conclave bec ...more
Somewhat nervously, I've started this book. I am trying to read it with clear eyes, without letting my opinion of his earlier book color my judgement. This is very difficult, especially since his dialogue still tends to be pretty bad. So far, however, I'll say that his characters seem to have different voices, which is refreshing, and the plot has been a page turner, which is an improvement over the meandering mess that was "Old Man's War."

The one real cringe-worthy portion so far is any conver
The Last Colony is not the same style as its predecessors, Old Man’s War and The Ghost Brigades. The latter two were packed full of action (in spite of the detailed set-ups in both cases). The Last Colony is pretty much a political thriller. To be sure, The Last Colony contains action scenes consistent with intergalactic warfare, but the warfare is a backdrop to this morality play about the responsibilities of leaders (whether institutional or individual) to those they lead. The Last Colony is a ...more
Ben Babcock
It has been ages since I read The Ghost Brigade and over a year since I read The Human Division , which chronologically takes place after the events in The Last Colony but doesn’t spoil a lot of it. I guess it’s a testament to my terrible memory (and the reason why I write these reviews) that I remembered almost nothing about either books when I started reading this one. I couldn’t really recall who the Obin were, or who Zoë Boutin or her father Charles were, or why any of this mattered. Rather ...more
Claude Bertout
Lecture d'été...

La trilogie de John Scalzi se lit d'une traite et on en redemande. Le premier tome nous prend par surprise avec ces vaillants vieillards aux prises avec un univers impitoyable. Les héros sont attachants, les vilains vraiment méchants, et on se laisse mener de bataille en bataille en se demandant avec une certaine délectation: que va encore nous inventer l'auteur? Les second et troisième tomes sont un peu plus convenus, on sent que l'auteur a plus peiné pour canaliser l'histoire e
This one gets 3.5 stars. I enjoyed reading it, but it wasn't quite as creative and, well, funny as Old Man's War. Here we move away from a battle focus and more to politics and tactics. John Perry, the narrator of the previous two books, is pulled out of semi-retirement with wife Jane and daughter Zoe to administer a new human colony, Roanoke. A nice job for an old war hero, except there are (of course) a few wrinkles, and ultimately Perry ends up having to do nothing less than save all of human ...more
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Old Man's War (6 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)
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“I seem to be good at speaking the politicians’ language,” Szilard said. “Apparently there’s an advantage around here to being mildly socially retarded, and that’s the Special Forces for sure.” 1 likes
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