The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.
Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.
John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea of what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine. And what he will become is far stranger.
©2005 John Scalzi (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
"Scalzi's imagined interstellar arena is coherently and compellingly delineated." (The Washington Post)
An absolutely wonderful story. Such a masterful tension of real thought and scifi fantasticality. Listen to it. Read it.
What a great expression of humanity from an individual viewpoint.
I don't know how a successful translation to film could occur, successful being: the equal of this story and this narrator. These guys are a MASTERFUL DUO.
Maybe Cameron could do it. I would hate to see this butchered like Starship Troopers was.
Fabulous. Simply fabulous.
the emotional connection you receive with the few main characters is amazing, i purchased Book 2 before being completely through with the first one, it is that catching. Beautifully written and narrated. Will be recommending to all my Sci-Fi loving friends.
I would listen again and plan on listening to other books in the series. It was an interesting twist on the space opera theme. And while I'm a couple decades away from qualifying to join up I'm old enough to appreciate a lot of the references to the perspective you gain on life as you age.
The characters response to their unexpected rejuvenation process.
The reader did a nice job with the audio presentation. I wouldn't call it exceptional but it was very good.
I did not have any extreme reactions but I did enjoy the presentation of marriage in a realistic but positive light.
I enjoyed the story. My only complaint is the overuse of "He said", "She said" to identify speakers during extended portions of dialogue. It was kind of distracting. This appears to be a common issue with John Scalzi's books and I had the same complaint with "Red Shirts". It is so persistent that I'm not sure that he uses it as a kind of insider's joke. It won't keep me from listening to other books but I will probably wait a bit before I listen to the next one in the series.
Honestly I thought it was a cliche sci fi cover art piece and title so I avoided it. This is great work. It was most refreshing, I read all the sci fi I can get my hands on (and ears I should say). I'm shocked I made it this far down the rabbit's hole without coming across this. I am buying/starting the second right now.
Thank you very much
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I was very pleasantly surprised by this novel, it surpassed expectations and I cannot recommend it higher to anyone interested. Filled with well rounded characters you quickly come to care about along with an action packed tale that leaves no loose ends. If you want to listen to a unique and highly plausible Sci-Fi adventure, look no further!
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