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)
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!
The book was entertaining but not greatly written or voiced. I'd say it's like young adult level. The sci-fi is not unique but well embedded. Overall 3 stars.
I won't lie - I have put off this series time and again, thinking it was probably cute, but not something I could really sink my teeth into... I was wrong. Didn't even wait to finish the first book before I ordered the rest.
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