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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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    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 07-11-14
    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 07-11-14 Member Since 2005

    Dog Lover

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    "Usual good book from Scalzi."

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mercedes Quilmes, Argentina 05-17-14
    Mercedes Quilmes, Argentina 05-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!

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    "Scalzi continues to amaze me!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Goemaat Des Moines, IA 04-18-14
    Jason Goemaat Des Moines, IA 04-18-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Decided on five stars"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katya A new york 10-12-13
    Katya A new york 10-12-13
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    "Not as good as the original OMW series"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kevin HAVERTOWN, PA, United States 05-27-13
    kevin HAVERTOWN, PA, United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "New Series"
    What did you love best about The Human Division?

    This book expanded on the stories from old mans war series


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good Characterization of the voices


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next book

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 04-01-14
    Paul 04-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting story, but leaves too many loose ends"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas MOUNT VERNON, WA, United States 10-31-13
    Douglas MOUNT VERNON, WA, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a Novel"
    What would have made The Human Division better?

    It would have been much better if it was written as a contiguous story rather than a choppy set of short stories.


    What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

    Characters were very shallow and the science and motivations were not consistent. A lazily written book.


    How did the narrator detract from the 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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Human Division?

    I would have required the author to start over and write a novel rather than gluing together a loose structure of short stories.


    Any additional comments?

    Not up to what I have come to expect with John Scalzi. This was a great disappointment.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Steva 08-25-15
    Steva 08-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Easy to get attached to characters"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    l. smith 07-07-15
    l. smith 07-07-15
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    "Not sure how to rate because it's an awesome story"

    Loved the story and the reader was great. it's just that at one point all the "saids" got really irritating. I feel as though the writer could have been a little more catering to the reader, the book seems like it was written as a script for a movie or something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JP 06-23-15
    JP 06-23-15
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    "Classic Scalzi, but the story jumps around too much"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This last book in the Old Men's War series is a cliff-hanger with Scalzi's usual, tongue-in-cheek humor as performed brilliantly by Bill Dufris. Unfortunately the plot line jumps around way too much, and its inordinate amount of the pulp was difficult to swallow. I know he's trying to make it more interesting by giving lots of snippets and flashbacks/flashforwards, but I found this device frustrating and confusing. Still, I would recommend.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Human Division?

    I liked the action-packed cliff-hanger ending, and am waiting to see what happens in the next book...


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Excellent. He switch-a-roood the voices of a characters during a couple of dialogues, but that is understandable, given the great many characters, the length of the novel, and the fun way Dufris represents them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions, just a happy, entertained snigger every now and then.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Melanie
    10/28/14
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    "A return to the Old Man's War universe"
    Would you listen to The Human Division again? Why?

    I'd probably not re-listen to it, there are some things about the writing in the book becomes a little annoying. I imagine that on the page the snappy 'He said' 'she said' 'he said' isn't so bad, but the repetition really started to bug me.


    Would you recommend The Human Division to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend it to people who were already fans of the Old Man's War universe, whilst it has new characters, it is not a standalone set of stories.


    Any additional comments?

    This is really a collection of inter-linked short stories, if you go in expecting this rather than a complete novel then you will enjoy it more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Animarse
    Barcelona
    9/7/13
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    "Survives with the relation between lead characters"

    A light story with some engaging character relationships. It feels like the author is attempting to convey flat irony too often and the constant repetition of ...said ...said ...said is, well, repetitive. Please be a bit more creative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. R. Winters
    Cardiff UK
    6/16/15
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    "A good humoured romp of a novel"
    If you could sum up The Human Division in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, exciting, enjoyable


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

    Nothing really, it is what it is, a good natured and enjoyable space opera romp


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any of William's other performances, but I will. Definitely.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's not that type of novel.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want great literature, you won't find it here. On the other hand, if a good yarn, with lots of exciting moments and several compartmentalised stories appeals, then have a listen. William Dufris's performance was excellent. He exudes charm and character, and made the novel come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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