The story is about 70 to 80 percent a rehash of The Last Colony. That said, if you make it to the last 2 or 3 hours of Zoe's Tale, you will finally be rewarded with the events that transpired while Zoe was away from Roanoke, a huge question left hanging from the previous story.
I have so thoroughly enjoyed the Old Man's War series. There is such a wonderful story buried lightly behind the words. It's not hard to discover but as he unfolds the tale I am both anxious to hear it and sad when it's told. I want more. Thanks to the author for brightening my commute time. I'll finish the story I thought I knew later today. You can bet I'll be downloading the next book tonight.
It was an engaging story, even if it is a retelling of the previous book from a different perspective. I learned a lot more about Zoe, and seeing how she got the technology from the Consu was a highlight.
Watching Zoe grow up. This was sort of a coming of age story, but also her coming to grips with her position with the Obin, and what that really means. All of it led up to her decisions at the end of the book in a very natural way.
PRONUNCIATION GUIDE NEEDED. She butchered the pronunciation of some words, and completely changed one character's accent from Indian to English. It was very jarring.
Otherwise, she was fantastic. She conveyed the emotions extremely well.
This is a story about a teenage girl. Some people won't like that. That's fine. I enjoyed it, and I think the "teenage angst" was kept to a minimum. She wasn't angsting over which boy she liked more or which shoes to wear, she was angsting over the fate of a colony of people and a whole alien race. I think most adults would angst about those things in her shoes.
Avid listener, former reader. Especially enjoys Audiobooks on long road trips. They help us to stay alert and minimizes arguments.
Refreshingly different way to re-read a previous tale, from the perspective of another character.
Letting Zoe, a 16 year old female who had an integral part in the prior story tell the tale was sheer genius. Not only did it fill in the blanks on her part of the adventure, but it allowed the reader to experience the angst and concerns of juvenile colonists.
John Scalzi weaves together a thoroughly exciting series of tales that captivates the reader and draws them into progressively intriguing circumstances. His characters, although different, are entirely believable and interesting to follow.
I have the entire series and enjoyed them all.
The narrator did this book justice. The book is written from the perspective of a (frankly annoying) teenage girl, and that's precisely how the narration sounds.
This book pretty much re-tells the story of the previous book in series, this time through the life of Zoe. All of the sudden, we have to suffer through the peculiarities of teenage narration centered around teenage drama obscuring almost the same events described in "the Last Colony." We do learn couple extra details of how she accomplished her mission, but, honestly, this is just an utterly pointless part of the series. I would advise listeners to skip this one and go directly to the Human Division. Now that I have finished the series, I do believe it is the best thing to do.
Very good take on the same story from The Last Colony but from Zoe's point of view. Explains some things that aren't obvious or explained at all in the previous book and the narrator did a great job interpreting Zoe.