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The Human Division | [John Scalzi]

The Human Division

The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.
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Publisher's Summary

Following the events of The Last Colony, John Scalzi tells the story of the fight to maintain the unity of the human race.

The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

Against such possibilities, managing the survival of the Colonial Union won’t be easy, either. It will take diplomatic finesse, political cunning…and a brilliant "B Team", centered on the resourceful Lieutenant Harry Wilson, that can be deployed to deal with the unpredictable and unexpected things the universe throws at you when you’re struggling to preserve the unity of the human race.

©2012 John Scalzi (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-16-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-16-14 Member Since 2014

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS"

    WE ONLY NEED THE HEADS
    I am a huge fan of Scalzi. I had listened to the first episode, The B-Team for free and liked it, so I got the whole book. I found I liked episode 1, even better the second time around. There are 13 episodes and two stories. You do not get the final two stories if you just get the episodes. The final two stories are funny and great. Many of the episodes are very good I was bored by episode 9 and 10, but the rest were good to great.

    THE DOG KING
    These are loosely connected, so it is mostly 15 short stories with a common theme. It is rare to have this many good stories in a collection. If you are a fan of short stories this is a must.

    WALK THE PLANK
    Scalzi's writing in these stories remind me a lot of Asimov's Robot stories. Asimov would expand on his robots and the laws of robotics with each story. Here Scalzi often expands on Smart Blood and what can be done with it. Asimov was not as funny, but it was a different time. If you like Asimov try this series.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Evers 03-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "surprising"

    it was difficult to accept the fact that this is not a John Perry and Jane Sagan book. This one centers in on Perry's friend Harry Wilson and I promise that if you make it through the first 30 minutes that you will be absolutely hooked. great novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 03-07-15
    Robert 03-07-15 Member Since 2013

    I like Sci-Fi, logic, technical, and fantasy.

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    "Scalzi Scalzi Scalzi"

    This is why I read Scalzi. Excellent book. Great story. This is the best book in the series that I have read.

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    Jonathan Scruggs 02-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great entry in the OMW universe"

    Great story arc, loved the episodic structure. Left me hanging at the end but that just means another great story is yet to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philip D. Mann Oklahoma City, OK, United States 02-09-15
    Philip D. Mann Oklahoma City, OK, United States 02-09-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Continuing the excellence!"

    A great continuation of Scalzi's series. I highly recommend this title and series to all scifi fans everywhere. The action continues with more diplomatic intrigue between the three major factions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Di Meredith 01-14-15
    Di Meredith 01-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A good time listening to this book."

    A little disjointed, but iI like this universe. Great job, I couldn't stop listening. I listen while I walk and I set new fitbit records.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peyton Collins Imperial, PA United States 01-07-15
    Peyton Collins Imperial, PA United States 01-07-15 Member Since 2001
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    "finally an integrated follow on to the OMW series"

    Yea! Being a 1,000 title audible reader, I hated that chopped up release they did. Happy to have another great Old Man's War novel in a normal format. Hope Audible has learned from their experiment that us clients just don't like getting fed a chapter at a time. We're all binge readers ;)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clearview Mom 01-06-15
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    "A bunch of shorter stories strung together"

    I still really want to know what happens
    next. It was nice to see the world from Harry's POV. Counting the days till my next credits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Happy Kids 12-30-14
    Happy Kids 12-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book, I want more!"

    This book was a great addition to the series. I enjoyed it very much. I am left hoping I will see more books in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K Australia 12-27-14
    K Australia 12-27-14 Member Since 2009

    Fanatical Endurance Athlete, who listens to a lot of books while training.

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    "WARNING: This is not the first book in the series."

    I have to say, I really like this book, but thought it a bit scarce in detail at the start.Its only when started looking for more books by John Scalzi, that I found out this was not the first book in the series. I have since tracked down the others and it fills the gaps.

    The story is classic Science Fiction, which not only looks at issues in the future, but also tries to provide explanation of the technology advances that are highlighted in the book. So its not only a book.

    The story seems a bit disjoined, skipping from one scenario to another but it ties together in the end to realise a comprehensive outcome.

    Its well worth the read but try to track down the earlier books, and you will enjoy it more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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