Book review: THE LAST COLONY
Speaking of dystopias, which I was late last week, it’s time I acknowledged John Scalzi’s superb science fiction novel, The Last Colony. It’s the third book set in a universe first introduced two years ago in Old Man’s War, then revisited last year in The Ghost Brigades. Scalzi claims in an afterward that Colony closes out the series, which is bullshit since Zoe’s Tale, a fourth novel set in the same “world,” is scheduled for release next August. But I’m here to talk about The Last Colony…
As I mentioned, it’s superb, particularly if you enjoy Scalzi’s brand of political and military sci-fi. Unlike the two earlier books, Colony is pretty much planetbound. And it doesn’t offer the high-velocity action of the other novels. But that’s not a bad thing. This time around, John Perry from OMW and Jane Sagan from GB are married and in semi-retirement with their adopted daughter when they’re conscripted by the human Colonial Union to settle and run a new colony unpromisingly named
As usual with John Scalzi, what really makes this novel sing is its sense of humor and its engaging characters. I don’t want to lose touch with John Perry or Jane Sagan. And I appreciate the fact that, even as part of a series, The Last Colony stands on its own; reading the first two books isn’t necessary, although it will add to your enjoyment.
I can’t wait for Zoe’s Tale.