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The Human Division by John Scalzi
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bookshelves: sci-fi

There are two major changes in John Scalzi's book The Human Division. First, the series moves away from the Perry family's point-of-view in this story and replaces them with Harry Wilson, a wise-cracking Colonial Defense Force soldier. Second, this is a serial, which means the stories–while connected the universe—aren't necessarily narratively related to each other. Instead, we're treated to a series of episodes with Harry and the misfit B-team.

As with Zoe's Tale, I had to ease into this new storytelling mechanism. Once I got passed the jolt, I enjoyed the short stories (which is really how I experienced them) and I appreciated that Scalzi didn't just continue retreading the Old Man's War series framework. I usually ditch other series around book four or five for just that reason.

The other part I enjoyed was the focus on the Earth-Colonial Union galaxy-politics instead of expanding to the Conclave or other species. The move made the story feel smaller and more intimate, as much as one can do that in a galactic space opera.

Since this was serialized, there are moments when—reading it as a collective novel—I could feel the different tones happening in the stories. But, that's a minor writer-nerd quibble and not something that got in the way of my enjoyment.

All told, this was a fine addition to the series, and I'm looking forward to Harry Wilson's next adventures.

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Reading Progress

January 31, 2020 – Started Reading
January 31, 2020 – Shelved
January 31, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
January 31, 2020 – Shelved as: sci-fi
February 24, 2020 – Finished Reading

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