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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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    Deepseabc Virginia, USA 12-23-13
    Deepseabc Virginia, USA 12-23-13 Member Since 2008

    BC

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    "This is NOT book 5 of the Old Man's War Series"

    BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) - This book is the equivilent to "Speaker for the Dead" to the Ender's Game series. It's about diplomacy NOT war.

    Story: I highly recommend the first four books of the Old Man's War (OMW) series as they were amazing. This book has nothing to with those books only that it occurs in a time period after the OMW series. The OMW series had action, war, fighting, etc, this book has NONE of that. It has entirely new characters and is about the Colonial Union (The humans that operate in space) trying to get the human's on earth to side with them and not the Conclave (The alien equivilent of the United Nations). It's not a bad story it's just not that exciting. The only exciting parts are when the 1 Colonial Union soldier (Lt Wilson) is involved and actually doing something. Follow-on books hold potential to be better, but this storyline was lacking.

    Narrator: Kudo's for keeping the same reader as the previous four books and William Dufris does a great job. My only complaint is that (and I don't fully understand what the narrators script looks like) even thought the narrator used different voice inflections for different characters, they didn't remove any of the "John said" then "Sally said" for conversations. It became very distracting and it's not something that I've noticed in any of the other 200 audiobooks I've read. So I don't know if the producers usually remove that verbiage or if the author just did a poor job of writting, but it's the reason I only gave 4 stars.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Sandy Hook, CT, United States 09-15-13
    Christine Sandy Hook, CT, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not at the level of its predicessors, but..."

    Mr. Scalzi set the bar high in his previous books.

    Saying that it is not as good as they are does not mean that it is not a good book. I found it to be entertaining.

    This book seems to open the door to a myriad of possibilities, and I am waiting with excitement to continue the saga.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    bonnie 08-03-13
    bonnie 08-03-13

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    "disappointing addition to the series"

    The books consists of short chapters, each one it's own story, then tied together to form the whole. This is a series that I have loved from the beginning, but for some reason this book just missed the mark. For one thing, the reader didn't seem quite as effective as in the past and all the characters sounded the same. This is a reader I've previously given high praise. Have I just listened too much or is there really a difference in this particular book? Was the reader perhaps as bored as I the listener?

    I could tell that some of the stores were supposed to grab me emotionally. Unfortunately most of them missed the mark.

    If you love the series so far, I recommend just staying with those wonderful memories and pass by this addition.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Pires Central Coast, CA 06-05-13
    A. Pires Central Coast, CA 06-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "great idea, not so great execution"

    I guess I should have paid more attention to the review that complained "he said, she said". It just about drove me nuts. The performance is what killed it for me in this book. Mr. Scalzi is one of my favorite new gen of SF writers. But when I read his books(and most books) I have a tendency to automatically skip "he said, she said" and stuff like that. If you can't tell who's talking, I feel like it's bad writing. And I could always tell who was talking when reading his books.

    But in this performance Mr. Dufris couldn't really seem to get into "character" so he had to say the dreaded "he said, she said"......all the time! There are a bunch of one liners in almost all of the Scalzi books I've ever read. This just kills the flow of the storytelling, and because it's audio, there's just no way around it.

    So I guess I'll read the next book instead of listening, as I like the story. But then maybe someone who's got more character to their voice(and a tad less sarcasm) could pull it off. This is the first time I've ever been turned off by the performance. Sorry Mr. Dufris.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 06-09-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 06-09-14 Member Since 2009

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Not as good but worth it if you like the series"

    The fifth book in the Old Man’s War series, “The Human Division” continues the story of the CDF and this time focuses in on their dealings and diplomacy with earth and other races. It’s an interesting premise that really adds to the story, but because of that it lacks some of the action and smart retorts that made the other books so engaging (especially when not featuring Harry, Hart at al). Overall the book was good, but not at good (or as much fun) as the first three, but it does advanced the story a great deal and leaves a very large runway at the end for the next in the series of books so you know the battle may be done but the war is far from over.

    The narration by Mr. Dufris is nearly perfect except that people who are never in the same scenes sound alike. His narration really brought the book to life.

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    Lane Raleigh, NC, United States 12-21-13
    Lane Raleigh, NC, United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing and erratic"
    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Human Division?

    I did not like the episode format - at all. This book lacks a smooth narrative flow on account of this gimmick.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading Old Man's War (one of the very best recent science fiction novels) and a couple of the sequels, I was expecting something similar. However, this is not in the same league. The characters are boring and their motivations, dialogue and interactions are not believable. It simply does not reflect how people actually behave.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 12-21-13
    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2011

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "Sci-fi Fix"

    This is actually probably more like a 3.5 star read. I read "The B team" which is the first episode of the full book - "The Human Division." Since I started the book, I wanted to finish it. I never considered myself as a sci-fi reader, but I did like it. When there is no Star Trek, Firefly, or Battlestar Galactica on tv to fill my sci-fi fix -- this book filled the void. I liked the characters and the relationship between them. The only criticism is that "he said, she said, he said" that is constant through the audible version.

    One note for audible listeners --- this book is sold in episodes. I purchased several episodes before I realized that they were available in the full book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer MC GRAW, NY, United States 08-01-13
    Amazon Customer MC GRAW, NY, United States 08-01-13
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    "Discontinuity"
    What would have made The Human Division better?

    The overall story ark of the book was very short, but the individual stories felt almost cookie cutter and were written like stand alone stories put into a collection. Each individual story did little more than introduce numerous new characters and then drop many when the next story starts. about halfway through the book i was wondering if i was going to find out anymore about who or what was behind the hinted at plot, but we never feel like we find out more than what we knew 1/3 of the way into the book.

    By now I think most every one in the Old Mans War series has the same sarcastic nature, just to different degree's. I'm feeling a lack of depth.


    Has The Human Division turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 09-28-13
    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Wait till they release the "B" Movie"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Scalzi is a good writer and Dufris is one of my favorite narrators and even the story's plot is good. But, it's written like a screen-play. For example, imagine that there are 4 soldiers discussing the enemy:Jack said, "Let's move out". BIll said," OK". Dave said, "Great!". But, Larry said, "I don't think we've thought this through", and looked down at his feet. Jack said, "What's on your mind Larry"? Dave said, " Yea Larry, why not"!? Bill snorted .


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Seriously, and it goes on that way through most of the book. Maybe Scalzi should re-write it as a novel.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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