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The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
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it was amazing
bookshelves: sci-fi

So, the first thing you need to know about The Ghost Brigades—book two in the Old Man's War series—is that it's The Empire Strikes Back crossed with Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation.

I was initially off-put that the series moved away from John Perry, the protagonist of the first book, but Scalzi's choice was correct. (I did have to tell myself to hang in there because I wanted more Perry. However, I'm a writer and I know books aren't about what the reader wants, they are about the story the author wants to tell.)

The story delves into the Special Forces, a group briefly touched upon in Old Man's War. This construct served as a way to delve deeper into the the "enemy" of the Colonial Defense Force while also building on the galaxy John Scalzi set up in the first book.

This story felt more complete than Old Man's War, in part because the story world was already built (and thus this isn't a criticism) and in part because the several of the main characters—and one of the alien races—become integral to the next two books, which tell the same story through two very different point-of-view lenses.

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December 26, 2019 – Shelved
December 26, 2019 – Shelved as: sci-fi
December 26, 2019 – Finished Reading

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