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)
Interesting premise that has a fresh perspective. The story was good, not great, characters were a little predictable, and the plot twists weren't terribly surprising, but overall a good listen. I will be seeing what else this author has to offer.
I've read the entire series and really enjoyed it. The author built each character bit by bit. I really enjoyed the Old Farts.
Thanks for the read or listen.
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.
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