I enjoyed the book quite a bit but felt like most of the payoff was not until the very end. The narration was difficult because of different pronunciations compared to the last few books.
Great narrator, but I have to wonder why Scalzi wrote it. There is virtually nothing we learned if we read the previous three books, and it's agonizing to watch the same scenes again with little new perspective.
The book would be better, had I not read the third in the series, but as far as I'm concerned it was a waste of money.
The choice of a female reader to present Zoe's Tale was great, as it really set the tone for the whole story. However, consistency around pronunciation of certain words and concepts (e.g. Names, alien species, etc) would have been good. Took me a while to realise that the topic was about things I had already encountered in previous books 😀 But that is a minor gripe it what was another excellent story, well presented.
I read Scalzi every chance I get. He has quickly become ranked among my all-time favorite authors. This tale more or less parallels Last Colony, but from Zoe Boutin Perry's pov. And it's a corker! Can't wait to get to Human Division.
Excellent story, and very good narration overall, but I was driven continually nuts by the mispronunciation (or at least, wildly different pronunciation) of every name and alien race from that of narrator that performs the first 3 books. A little consistency would have taken the performance from good to excellent.
The thing that threw me was the number of names and things pronounced in this book differently than the last one. I would have thought the narrator would have listened to the last book to keep the words consistent.
I also didn't care for the fact that all non-protagonist voices were just breathy versions of her main voice.
SciFi nut from a very young age. Started with Doc Smith, Asimov, C. S. Lewis, Heinlein, Bradbury. Can't get enough of the good stuff.
While it is important that this be read within the context of the full saga of the Sagans, it is worth adding it to the list. The tale told from the viewpoint of a g gifted young girl growing into adulthood under unique scrutiny is well worth the time. In addition, the narration is pure magic. She makes you believe that she really is Zoe.
Even though you've heard much of this story already, it is imperative that you listen to zoe's tale. Her perspective is fantastic and the narration is great. She's funny, smart, still a teenager and the way her feelings and fears are presented (both in story and in narration) are fantastic.
It made me laugh and cry - her stories of childhood and losing her birth parents and her falling in love with a boy her age and her courage and her struggles...just get this and listen to it - it's a very satisfying listen. One you will probably want to hear again and again.
it's kind of annoying that the pronunciation of some names is different from the books before this .