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The Last Colony by John Scalzi
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Sep 20, 12

bookshelves: 2012, old-man-s-war-series, science
Read from September 15 to 19, 2012

This series in incredibly consistent in its depth, tension, and delightful characters. I hesitate to go into detail and spoil the previous books, but Scalzi manages to create incredible layering with his plots. No one is good. No one is bad. Everything is convoluted and complicated, set against a backdrop of interstellar politics: humanity's Colonial Union, which has effectively made enemies with over 400 alien species, and those 400 alien species who have formed a Conclave with the combined goal of preventing rampant colonization by all species, including humans.

Scalzi does pull out something of a deus ex machina at the end, as his characters face impossible odds, but the book is so fantastic that I didn't mind all that much. The Old Man's War books are engaging and intelligent, without being overwhelming in terms of the science fiction. I look forward to reading the next volume in the coming months.
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