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 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.
Say something about yourself!
The Human Division is organized as a set of Episodes, each of them involving the B-team, a group of low level diplomats with their side-kick and Colonial Defense Forces (CDF) technical expert Harry Wilson, well known to readers of Scalzi's "Old Man's War" series. The B-team is really an A-team that has been recruited to solve unsolvable problems, but they do not know how well they are regarded by the powers that be. This makes for some fun moments and interesting twists as our diplomatic heroes attempt to keep the Colonial Union out of fights it can't possibly win against a conclave of hundreds of other races determined to keep humanity from spreading through the galaxy as quickly as it would like.
You don't have to have read the previous Harry Wilson books to enjoy this one because the episodes are very self-contained and self-explanatory. Indeed, the one flaw in this collection is the redundancy that comes from assembling stories each of which was written so that it could stand alone. That means that the same background material often gets repeated. You will, however, want to read whatever Scalzi writes next in this universe because the episodes end just as new threats and mysteries are revealed. I can't wait to find out where he takes us.
Reader William Dufris interprets Scalzi's sarcastic and amusing characters exactly as I would have imagined them, so kudos on the performance as well.
Removing the "...said" at the end of nearly every piece of dialogue.
I've listened to two others (Android's Dream and Fuzzy Nation), both great books.
Complacent, unmotivated, telling
I nearly stopped listening due to the redundancy of the dialogue. The sarcastic wit and tongue and cheek humor were missing.
Editing would have really helped. I realize this was a combined serial story, but the writing was so amateur it was laughable. I'm hoping for better luck with Old Man's War.
BORING. No action. No real development of the plot. I could fall asleep to this one.
For the series to start off so good... this was the worst book. I feel like the author said "I wonder if my readers will notice that I phone this one in".
I hope the next one is better. There was no climax to this book. No real action. No real adventure. Just random stuff happening.
overall... not impressed.
I thought OMW was fun, adventurous, and exciting, but the books after less so. this book was cool, and harry wilson is my hero (almost as much as michael talbot). but scalzi has some explaining to do ...
The decentralized narrative structure (no main characters, ensemble cast, no plot focus, interesting stuff that happens after zoe's tale) lends some really cool moments to Human Division. More often though I felt Scalzi's great strength, weaving profound emotional connection to his characters, is totally wasted in this book where even Divisions stars feel like (and are expressed to be) side plots.
That said, I enjoyed it and would read it again, I just had to restart a few of the longer middle chapters more than once because I'd find myself halfway through with no real idea of who the section was even about or why I was supposed to care.
A fine book in a really impressive series.
This is the story of Harry Wilson (the original friend of John Perry) and his time in the diplomatic corps. It's different from the other books in the Old Man's War series since it deals more with diplomacy than war but it's still a great story in its own right. Great evolution of characters and the same great narration as through the rest of the series. Definitely didn't disappoint.
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