Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author: Stephen King. Favorite book: Hyperion.
Jack Holloway is a prospector/surveryor on a distant planet that is being mined for minerals, etc. by a larger interstellar corporation. He stumbles across an immensely rich mother-lode of "sunstones" that are extremely valuable. And so begins this "science-fictiony" tale of something along the same themes of Pocahontas or Avatar: that of the evil outsiders that are set on plundering an environment and destroying the habitats of the native peoples.
Jack Holloway befriends these native peoples whom he refers to as "cat-things". Through his interactions with the "cat-things" and other misadventures he has with his corporate employers, Jack eventually becomes the time-worn trope of "knight in shining armor" who helps to save the "cat-things" and their planet.
Is the story entertaining? Sure, but then so are the Three Stooges. Entertaining, but not very enlightening. Scalzi relies heavily on contrived "after-the-fact" legal situations and case law (fictional of course) for the plot that seems to be...well...contrived just for the particular situation that the protagonist is encountering at the given moment. Of course, the entire plot, the situations, the characters all seem highly contrived to re-tell the oft-told tale of the benevolent outsider who sees the evil his fellow outsiders are doing to a native people, and then helps those native peoples because they are unable to help themselves. I suppose it's a tale to make one feel warm and fuzzy.
Wil Wheaton, as ever, does a fantastic job in narration.
The novel's enjoyable enough.
If you know John Scalzi, you know what to expect from him. This will not disappoint. Get over whatever misgivings you may have about your time and schedule, just listen to Wil Wheaton deliver this potent story to you.
Even had a moral. I thought I was going to listen to a throwaway sf novel. I was wrong. I'll look for more by this author. That's the best recommendation I can give.
I first heard Wil narrate "Ready Player One," and after now finishing this audiobook, I will be looking for all books narrated by Wil! He is brilliant as a narrator with his different character voices and skill at speaking. Plus, Scalzi's reboot novel is spot-on. Great story and characters and not overwhelming dense. 5 stars all around.
I'm sad now, because this was the last none-series John Scalzi book I had before I finished them all, now I have to find somewhere else to get my grounded and realistic sci-fi.
John Scalzi writes about situations that are real world, places them in a sci-fi landscape that he not only thinks out thoroughly, but probably over thinks, to the point of convoluted minutia, and then punches up the dialog to be snappier than a USA network show(sometimes even with the pop culture references)
As for Fuzzy Nation, if you want to have fun with a guy who is a complete @$$hole, but still comes off as lovable throughout, give it a read.
The reboot of this story was superb as well as Wil Wheatons performance. John Scalzi has become my absolute favorite author. His character development and storylines pull you in right off the jump. Then keep you there. Will Wheaton does an amazing read. I am always looking for any audiobook that he performs. This is my first and most likely only review but if you are watching reviews, know this. It is my opinion that if you pick this or any other Scalzi/Wheaton audiobook or a John Scalzi physical/downloaded book, you too will be a fan. I only purchase hardcover books I love and will read again. Among those purchases are every Scalzi story I have read or listened to. Hope this helps, I know it wasn't that specific, but Fuzzy Nation is now on my small but beloved bookcase.
Decided to write a small review after my second listen. This is a fantastic story. Typical Scalzi humor keeps you laughing though out the whole book and Will really does a great job narrating (as usual). I actually bought this one in print and passed it around my group of friends and everyone loved it. Definitely give this one a listen. It's in my top 5 favorites from audible.