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)
I love this book and immediately purchased the next in the series. I came to Scalzi through the audiobook Redshirts, which was hilarious and thoughtful, and then went to Lock-In, which was genius, but set on earth. I wondered if this book would be too space-opera for me, but I loved the military aspect and the love story-- on top of the intriguing sci-fi concept. The narrator does a great job separating voices without being too flaky. I enjoyed this listen!
First and foremost: It's different. It's funny. It's intriguing.
Very interesting concept, excellent narration.
I don't usually give 5 stars, but this was a perfect book and well deserves them.
Perry of course. Witty and clever.
I think he liked the book as much as I did. Excellent performance. He even managed to soften the blows of the constant "he said" "she said" (the only weakness of the book)
I bought all the other books of the series as well and am waiting for book 7 now. The other books in the series are solid 4 star books and although they don't quite come up to the Old Man's War standard, they are great entertainment. Dufris' narration is great throughout.
This read like another incarnation of Heinlein. More modern, interesting take on tech, but none of it as important as the people and their lives, thoughts and outlook on the world.
This is simply a well written book with great likable characters and a great plot with solid science fiction. It is really multiple parts, when he enlists, when he goes to war, and when he deals with the Ghost Brigades.
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.
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