Interesting to hear the same story as seen through another character. I thought it would be boring but there were enough differences to make it interesting. I even found the connections comforting like was the Dad seeing the story through my daughter's eyes.
Obviously it is the Lost Colony story but as seen as Zoey
The story definitely benefited from having it told by a woman; really made the characters believable.
Yeah...the climax almost brought me to tears. Reminds me of when the Chinese emperor and all the peasants bowed to Mulan.
I bought this book thinking it would be a continuation of the series not a simple reflecting of the third book from a different perspective. If this were a printed book I would give it to the local middle school. I am sure the pre-teens could have connected to it extremely well.
That it was the exact same story as "The Last Colony" told over from the perspective of a pre-pubescent teenage girl. The minor differences were interesting but could have been built into the first book and saved me $20.00 and 10 hours of listening time.
Tavia Gilbert was fine it was the script and the constant repetition of first person pronouns that was difficult to listen to. If you are going to change voices for different characters you don't have to continually include "he said" and "she said" after ever line of dialogue.
I would have written a new story instead of re-writing the previous story. If I had been editor this would never have made it past my wastebasket
The previous three books were very good and I will try the fifth but this is the first time I ever felt like I had been hoodwinked into buying a book.
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As indicated from the title of the book this story is told from the viewpoint of John and Jane’s teenage daughter Zoey. Although she’s just a teenager, you would never know it from the way she acts and talks during the book. Yes there are some teenage angst and immaturity but it’s few and far between. Although an interesting take, this book doesn't add much to the “Old Man’s War” story as its follows the same events as the reader saw “The Lost Colony” just from a different perspective. There are a few new things we learn but they’re character specific. That being said if you enjoy the series you’ll enjoy this one as well!
The performance was pretty good, some of the male voices could have been better but that than that it very very good!
This is a tough review to write. I greatly enjoyed the first three books in the "Old Man's War" series, and picked this up without hesitation - as it was listed next in line. However, this is not a book targeted at adults even though it's mistakingly placed in Contemporary SciFi. This is pure bait and switch to sell a few more copies to unsuspecting customers.
1. "Zoe's Tale" is Young Adult Science Fiction.
2. "Zoe's Tale" is an almost verbatim retelling of "The Last Colony", except it's the "Twilight" version.
I'm quite miffed at Audible & the publisher for not prominently calling this out, and classifying the book correctly.
It's strange that Scalzi chose to re-write "The Last Colony" entirely from a teenagers point of view. I had expected Zoe to START OUT as a teenager, then slowly grow into a woman as the story moved forward. However, what I got was Scalzi channeling giggling girls, fart jokes, and teenage crushes. Really? Had I not been on some very long airline flights, this book would have been returned for refund posthaste.
It's clear that there was a kernel of a story hidden in "The Last Colony", where Zoe impressed General Gau, and somehow wrangled an impressive piece of technology from The Consu. However, Scalzi does very little with those events, and thus you'll spend the entire book building up to a rather flat third act.
The one shining star in this whole mess was the narrator: Tavia Gilbert. She grew on me quickly, and her voice acting was very well done.
So - would I recommend this book to a teenager? No.
Why? Because, they'd be dropped into a series 2/3'ds of the way through, with no other books voiced for them before or after.
Scalzi is a good writer, but your credits would be better spent on his other work.
Okay don’t get me wrong I REALLY enjoy John Scalzi’s writing. I mean I literally laughed out loud at Agent to the Stars, Fuzzy Nation, and Redshirts so when I saw the Old Man’s War series I thought I would give it a try…and I haven’t been disappointed thus far. HOWEVER, I think this book should have been a Novella (3.5) instead of an entirely new book in the series. This is the same story as The Last Colony so if you’ve read The Last Colony you can honestly skip this book. I do understand it is from the view point of Zoe who is your typical 15 year old teenage girl but oh how she can work your nerve. Let me try and better explain myself. I’m the kind of “reader” who listens to all sorts of things… from Mark Tufo, Jonathan Maberry, Kevin Hearne, Christopher Moore, Molly Harper, Gina Damico, Jeaniene Frost, Kelley Armstrong, Rhys Bowne and the list goes on and on. I say this only to show that I like a variety of different types of books a lot of which are YA books. Normally I can put up with some of the teenage angst but Zoe was even too much for me at times. Zoe demands to know EVERYTHING ALL THE FREAKING TIME… which FYI gets a bit annoying. I mean she isn’t this genetically altered human with special powers or even a Genus; she is your average 15 year old teenage girl who just so happens to have a Father that helped out an Alien race. To be perfectly honest this book paints Zoe in a much different light then I had preserved from The Last Colony. I thought of her as being an intelligent, witty, grounded and mature teenage; come to find out she wasn’t really that mature and some of that wit was her just being mean. If you can get passed the mood swings, the all knowing knowledge of a 15 year old mind, and the erratic (at times) and stupid behavior then you will probably enjoy this book. Don’t get me wrong the book is not terrible but it could’ve stood to be a little shorter.
*Note* I did read the other reviews before purchasing this book (some of which told me it was the same story as The Last Colony) but I purchased it anyways because I hate to skip books in a series.
What I am about to say is nit picky but here it goes. I have listen to the previous books in this series and had become a custom to the pronunciations of the Rraey, Eneshan, and Zoe Boutin. Each time the narrator spoke the words with a different pronunciation I was knock out of the story and my brain sought out the "correct pronunciations". I know how petty this sound and I apologize. I just wounded what goes through the processors head when he/she produces a beloved series. You would have thought they might want to check the pronunciation of the previous narrator.
I'll start with the good: I admire John Scalzi as a writer, and all his skill with words is evident here. His "Old Man's War" series is a general homage to the works of Robert Heinlein; in this novel he captures the intelligence and attitude of a typical Heinlein precocious teenager from his young-adult novels.
I'll also compliment Tavia Gilbert as a reader. She gets the tone of a teen-age girl exactly right, along with the "I'm always in control" attitude of Zoe.
With all that, I can only give this two stars. The problem is that I listened to Scalzi's "The Last Colony" only a few months ago. Every plot point or bit of information I listened to in "Zoe's Tale" was something I already knew. There were no surprises. I found I simply was not interested.
I listened to first half hour of part 1, trying to give it a chance. Then I skipped to part 2. I listened to no more than five minutes before I realized I knew exactly in what part of the story from "The Last Colony" I was in, and listened to at least two plot points repeated from that previous book. I couldn't take it anymore.
If you haven't listened to "The Last Colony," I can recommend this audiobook. If you've listened "The Last Colony" and you like to listen to audiobooks more than once, wait whatever interval you normally wait between successive listens to the same book before listening to "Zoe's Tale."
Otherwise, I suggest you get "The Human Division" or "Redshirts", two other novels by John Scalzi available on Audible.
Hopefully. His writing is great, the marketing trick was sad.
Not this genre, but from the author & editor
Zoe; Tavia was great at reading the book
Honestly, retelling an entire story again from another point of view as a sequel to a series is a sick trick
I normally do not write long reviews, but I found this to be necessary due to the content of this story. Scalzi is fun to read and deserves high praise for most of what he has written, but this was a low down shame. While the story is good, it is the SAME story as the third book. Exactly the same, just told from Zoe’s point of view.If you are so much of a fan of Scalzi and just need the exact same story told from a 17 year old girl point of view, then I guess this story is for you. Otherwise skip it.Sadly this has made me hesitate to read, listen, or buy any more of his stories.
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The Final Book of Old Man's War (before Human Division) Zoe's Tale is just That. We Follow Zoe Boutin Perry and see the Events of Last Colony Through Her eyes. Zoe's Tale Develops Zoe into a full blown Character, totally Different than the picture painted of Her in Last Colony. Zoe is a likeable character and has inherited qualities of both John and Jane despite being adopted. Her cast of characters mostly the Colony leader's Kids and of course Hickory and Dickory, whose personalities emerge even more in this book. the Narrator gives Zoe a Snarky(Like John) personality and shows she's a Thinker(Like Jane). and is able to convey both aspects quite well. The Narrator's Male Voices(and some Female) are mostly Raspy Whispers which work well for some but not others. Zoe's Overall Journey sees her grow into the smart Young woman everyone sees her to be. A Great Listen. (I hope she makes an appearance in Human Division Season 2)
Zoe's Tale is a nice addition to the other stories in the series. It makes The Last Colony complete, adding further details. When reading a book I always was wondering about supporting characters. What would be their full story? How they see the events? What is their life like? In this book I got exactly that.
As far as I can tell the author got well into the mind of a teenager.
This story was like meeting old friends and waving them and saying hello. It's not super exciting, but a good read.