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.
This book is the usual Scalzi mix of characters, action, and story. The narration was good. The only thing I wish is that the narration would leave out the "he said" "she said" The narration is good enough that I know which character is speaking
Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!
Not only this book works as separate chapters but he continues to develop this huge universe and exploring human culture and condition through adversity and exploring new entities. If you loved Ghost Brigades this book won't disappoint you!
This book is really a collection of inter-twined short stories. Scalzi does a great job with his characters and there are some funny moments, and I really like the universe and science that he's created. Something just didn't sit well with me after listening and I was going to give it less than five stars, then I realized the reason was because I was left wanting more.
As always, Scalzi is very good at wry, cynical dialogue and his space-battle scenes are both exciting and horrific, but he seems to have concentrated more on the novelty of the episodic format here than on a coherent story. I get the feeling (or at least hope) that this book is mostly a transportation step towards an even better story to come.
To my taste, the book has too much politics and conspiracy and too little technobabble. I like my space opera technobabble-heavy.
Still, as usual, a great gallery of well-defined and convincing characters are given extra depth and plausibility by William Dufris great narration.
Worth the listen if you don't expect much from it.
This book expanded on the stories from old mans war series
Good Characterization of the voices
Looking forward to the next book
The stories and characters in this book are good and enjoyable, but since it is part of a bigger universe, there is the perennial problem that it must, of course, set up for the next book in the series, and this particular book leaves too many unresolved endings to be really satisfying.
Also, the author (John Scalzi) has got to learn to stop using the word "said". He does it in all of his books, but it is particularly bad in this case when it was written for audiobook. His editors should also wean him of this habit.
It would have been much better if it was written as a contiguous story rather than a choppy set of short stories.
Characters were very shallow and the science and motivations were not consistent. A lazily written book.
The narrator said all of the "he said" and "she said" in a way that became very irritating. Either act the conversations such that these statements are not needed or use other ways to indicate conversation identity.
I would have required the author to start over and write a novel rather than gluing together a loose structure of short stories.
Not up to what I have come to expect with John Scalzi. This was a great disappointment.
I read the first three Old Man's War books a few years ago, and loved them, but I'd had my fill. I jumped on here with the Human Division and was thoroughly entertained. In some ways, this is better than Star Trek. The characters are more believable and so are the situations. I realize many people would love to see this series wind up on TV, but I'm skeptical, since there have been so many bad sci-fi shows on Syfy and other stations over the years. Only HBO could do this series justice.
For now we have the books and Audible and I'm perfectly happy with those options. Bravo!
Very good, fun book, great narration. You can feel that this is a compilation of short stories (a little disjointed). Sarcasm gets a bit repetitive sometimes! It's something you can filter out when old-school reading, but there's no escaping it with a narrator.
The dialogue made the characters easy to relate to but ending each bit with "he said" was a bit jarring on audio. The plot really moved along, but I'm not sure who was to blame for the main controversy. I was sick & kept falling asleep, which was a godsend. Even not being sure, I enjoyed the book & the end. I would probably get another in the series. The narrator added, characters had variety & he did a believable job on females.
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