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The End of All Things

(Old Man's War #6)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  20,506 ratings  ·  1,181 reviews
Hugo-award winning author, John Scalzi returns to his best-selling Old Man's War universe with the direct sequel to 2013’s The Human Division

Humans expanded into space…only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Tor Books
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István Farkas 1. This book is the second, and concluding half of the Human Division

2. The generic logic is the same, only the proportions had changed, four novelett…more
1. This book is the second, and concluding half of the Human Division

2. The generic logic is the same, only the proportions had changed, four novelettes, each of them is a few times bigger than the episodes in HD. Very enjoyable I would say.

3. The HD would be a way less frustrating to read, if the EoAT would be available at that time.(less)
Jonathan The Human Division was published in parts, but they are all the length of a single book. You can read all six books in order, as they are intended to …moreThe Human Division was published in parts, but they are all the length of a single book. You can read all six books in order, as they are intended to be read.(less)

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Kevin Kelsey
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
A nice conclusion to the story arc that really began with the ending of The Last Colony. The four novella structure of this one didn't work for me quite as well as the thirteen short story structure of The Human Division. Mostly, because there were a couple moments where it just didn't seem like there was enough story to justify a novella, particularly with This Hollow Union. That novella could've very easily been a short story instead.

It does all nicely come together in the last novella, which
Lindsey Rey
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction, 2015
I don't know how Scalzi does it, but I feel like this series just gets better and better! ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
The beginning and end are well written. The rest is meh. 6 of 10 stars
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The End.

The Old Man's War series was one hell of a ride, from decanting brains out of old people into nice young military types to decanting brains into spaceships against one's will, from never-ending expansion to civil war between Earth and the Colonies to the possible collapse of all human space against the rest of the aliens we didn't try to get along with.

It's pretty epic.

But you know what I like most about this whole thing?

Scalzi's light-hearted humor.

Sure, there's a lot of great competenc
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I won’t lie, Old Man’s War is probably one of my favorite books of all time. I’ve always been more of a Fantasy reader, and around the time that book came out, my Science Fiction reading was pretty much limited to Star Wars novels and the occasional Star Trek title thrown in. However, Scalzi’s sense of humor along with the rollicking space action and adventure in these books really helped me along, showing me that there’s
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Somewhere along the way, the Old Man's War series lost its heart. I suspect this happened some time after the third book, when it seemed that things were going to come to a conclusion in a trilogy, only then Scalzi kept revisiting the universe because there is money to be made. The fourth book, Zoe's Tale, was possibly the most naked cash-in I have ever encountered. I actually thought the previous volume, The Human Division, breathed a bit of fresh life into the series with its interconnected sh ...more
I love this series! This one wasn't my favorite, but it does a great job finishing off the arc started way back in The Last Colony and escalated in The Human Division. Whenever Scalzi comes back to this series, he'll have a brand new universe to play around in. Also, it's chock full of Scalzi's smart, irreverent voice.

So this is the sixth book in Scalzi's Old Man's War series. The first three books are a trilogy, #4 is a weird re-telling of #3, and then Human Division and this one. The last two
I am glad I decided to read this series. I've enjoyed each instalment a little more than the one previous, and the team-up of Ode Abumwe and Harry Wilson (and Hart Schmidt) has been terrific in this and the previous book. The B-Team came through beautifully and did amazing things.
I liked how each novella in this book changed point of view, and how each character showed the impact of the worsening situation within the Colonial Union.
And Ode Abumwe and Hafte Sorvalh--I just loved both women.
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
My reviews for the constituent parts:
Life of the Mind
This Hollow Union
Can Long Endure
To Stand or Fall

I greatly enjoyed this book. Scalzi did a great job extending the events from The Human Division. I loved the first three installments, where we got to spend time with secondary or completely new characters, but found the last installment lacking (for reasons I laid out in my review of To Stand of Fall). I think Scalzi wanted to use this book as a pivot to a new galactic dynamic. We saw how much
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stars-4-0, r2017
“And so we learn how simple it is to change the history of the universe,” Sorvalh said. “All you need is for every other thing to have gone so horribly wrong

This was a straight continuation to The Human Division with my favourite characters back. Once more the narration is divided between several different points of views but this time each section is much longer. This made it a little of a shock at the first transition, for me, but then I just focused on the story. Scalzi of course does it agai
Adah Udechukwu
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The End of All Things was awesome. Totally awesome. I loved every moment
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fans, especially Scalzi fans
Following a similar approach to author John Scalzi's last novel in the series, The Human Division, which was broken into thirteen segments, this was broken into four novellas, which are being serialized weekly over the next month. Instead of writing four separate reviews, I'll just collect the four novella reviews here.

'The Life of the Mind'

An interesting, if unexpected, start to the novel, having it be the memoir of another person turned "brain-in-a-box" ship -- except, unlike the one we previo
Neil Hepworth
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Certainly not bad with a capital B science fiction (heaven knows I’ve read enough of that this summer), but there is no pop, no fizz, and nothing that you’ll remember in a week...unless you’re prone to hang onto your disappointment like I am. This novel is a lot like The Phantom Menace - scroll down a bit to find out why.

A Review of Each of the Four Stories Found in The End of All Things:

“The Life of the Mind” - Not bad. An interesting start about a brain that used to be in a body but now lives
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This final book in the Old Man's War series pretty much wraps everything up. This book is divided into four distinct parts, featuring different characters, but closely related and tied together by characters who, for the most part, we are already familiar with.

The exception is the opening part, "The Life of the Mind", which features a new character, Rafe Daquin. This first section was by far my favourite in the book. The other three were all ok, but did not engage me as completely.

As a whole, th
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Executive Summary: I didn't enjoy this quite as much as The Human Division, but it wraps things up nicely.

Audio book: I've always enjoyed William Dufris as a narrator for this series. In this book, he splits time (2 stories a piece, with bonus material read by Mr. Dufris) with Tavia Gilbert who did the narration for Zoe's Tale.

This seemed like a good choice, as each narrated the story from characters of their gender. Both do an excellent job, and this is definitely a series that works well in a
Lilia Ford
This series has always been highly readable, but I do think the most recent two books demonstrated a genuine advance in complexity, both in the ideas being explored and in the narrative and plot structures used to explore them. The End of All Things like The Human Division is essentially an agglomeration of independent stories, which sounds unwieldy, but which I found enabled Scalzi to juxtapose different and often contradictory perspectives on an unfolding crisis. Thematically this is important ...more
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
I won't try to justify why I love this book with a huge pile of words. I will say that Scalzi writes a certain type of character really well; the first person, cocky, smarter-than-the-room type. Which he writes to a degree in this book, even though it's a series of semi-connected short stories, ala The Human Division. Scalzi proves some range in this book, featuring a good chunk of strong female prominence, as well as the strong male characters that he's known for. Overall, I don't feel that I n ...more
Tudor Vlad
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Another end, another disappointment. I don’t know if John Scalzi will keep writing books in the Old Man’s War universe after this one, but I hope he stops. It doesn’t feel like him writing out of pleasure, but rather the publisher forcing him to milk this franchise some more. By all means, this was not a bad book but it was bad when compared to the rest of the series. All throughout this book there is a sense of urgency, of pending destruction, and I wish John Scalzi had the courage of not givin ...more
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
4+ stars

The End of All Things is a sixth book in the Old Man's War series. Scalzi retired John Perry and Harry Wilson became the new face of the series. What I liked about this book is that Scalzi told the story from the different places of the conflict and, like a jigsaw, made them all fit together into one large tapestry. The book consist of four novella's (plus one bonus alternate version): The Life of the Mind, This Hollow Union, Can Long Endure and To Stand or Fall (plus alternate The Life
Stephen Richter
A solid series with great characters, plot and writing style. Lots of humor and ingenuity. Hoping the powers that be do not screw up the upcoming television series. Super easy to listen to, multiple POVs with first person narration which makes it a mind gobbling delicious literary popcorn.
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Generally slow paced and the action is understated even for massive shootouts, but this book is about the politics and because of that it is intriguing.
A series of connected short stories outline a deterioration in the space cold war between the Conclave and Colonial Union caused by an outside agent looking to shake up the galaxy .
The layout works really well as it allows for complete changes in POV for each section.
The book as a whole is insanely intelligent in how it develops.
A great read.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I like this author. I like the way his mind works. He comes up with such creative elements and can put them nicely into a story. I also like this humor and the irreverent nature of some of his characters. My favorite book so far is Fuzzy Nation. He also is great at world building. But with this book, I'm stuck between 3 and 4 stars. There is so much I like about him and his writing, but the story didn't grab me. That might have something to do with the fact that this is the 6th book in a series, ...more
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Definitely the best book in this series since The Ghost Brigades. Scalzi puts his philosophy degree to good use in this one, using four different first person narratives to tell one linear story about the importance of appreciating differing points of view. And it's a pretty kick ass action space opera story, too. If not for Scalzi's tendency to overwrite his dialogue exchanges and to occasionally lead the reader by the nose, this very good (and sometimes great) book could have been an all time ...more
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Somehow I neglected to write a review of this book when I first listened to it more than 1/2 a year ago, and so this review can't be as detailed as the ones that I tend to write immediately after the end of a story. I can, however, explain the reasoning behind the 2-star rating.

The Old Man's War series started with a bang, and it's a shame the first book didn't win a Hugo when it came out. I chalk that up to Scalzi being a new writer at the time and not having the name-recognition or the connect
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Rounded up actually. Though I am not big on the 'military' sub-genre of scifi, I did like this series for the most part - I had some issues with some of the ideas and character treatments and such with some of the following instalments - I did not care for this one very much. It certainly had its moments, as Scalzi can be counted on to be most entertaining, but for the most part, this one often felt like sitting in on long overlong corporate meetings. The 'brain in a box' segment was cool enough ...more
C.T. Phipps
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
THE END OF ALL THINGS by John Scalzi is the 2nd ending of the OLD MAN'S WAR series after THE LAST COLONY. What I mean to say is that it manages to wrap up all of the existing plots and give an ending to the story after we've already had that happen. Unfortunately, THE END OF ALL THINGS only ends the plots which were introduced in THE HUMAN DIVISION, which wasn't that interesting of a set of plots to begin with.

At the very least, the book opens up with a fairly gruesome and interesting story as t
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The End of All Things feels a bit like like 'I'm ending the Old Man'S War Universe'. This book is serialized just like the Human Condition, but it feels lacking. The plot is too straightforward and in the end too simplistic and just as easily dealt with. An antagonistic POV would have added a lot to the story and they should have been many more hiccups and detours before Wilson saves the day. Adding to that the politicking in the last two parts was quite high and although fun to read (Scalzi can ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Much was made about John Scalzi’s recent $3.5M deal with Tor books (10 years, 13 books) and I can think of few authors as deserving. While I haven’t read all of Scalzi’s work everything I have read has been somewhere around fantastic. I am a particular fan of the Old Man’s War universe and have thoroughly enjoyed each successive work set there. The End of All Things is the hardcover release of Scalzi’s latest Old Man’s War novel which was previously serialized on I greatly enjoyed Scalz ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I think this may be the last book in the Old Man's War series, but one never can tell.

Scalzi's finale is a pretty fun read. His trademark high adventure sci-fi, mixes political intrigue and interesting tech to make a great story. His dry humor is also great. So without being spoilery- The Colonial Union is in deep trouble. There is conflict with all the aliens of the Conclave and there is conflict with the Earth. On top of this, it seems someone called the Equilibrium is manipulating all three.

keikii Eats Books
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
76 points, 4 stars!
Self Blurb:
Humanity is holding on by the tips of its fingers in space. The Colonial Union has made a lot of enemies, and now Earth isn't supplying them with more people to help keep them safe anymore. They're having to rely on themselves, and they don't really have the resources to do it. Humans on colonial planets are now revolting en masse. And there is a shadow group doing as much as it can to pit Humanity against the Conclave, a group of allied alien nations, and wipe
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