"I ask because it's what I have to do. I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player (and a pawn) in a interstellar chess match to save humanity, or to see it fall. Witness to history. Friend. Daughter. Human. Seventeen years old.
"Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: How I did what I did - how I did what I had to do - not just to stay alive but to keep you alive, too. All of you. I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope. Everything that happened, bringing us to Earth, and Earth out of its captivity. All through my eyes.
"It's a story you know. But you don't know it all."
©2008 John Scalzi; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
It makes sense to listen to this after Old Man's War and The Last Colony. Both books will give you a bit of background but also add appreciation for John Scalzi's talent to change perspective, tone and maybe even a little bit of the genre. I found Zoe's Tale very much fun to listen to, and actually for different reasons than the above mentioned books.
As it is the events of The Last Colony retold there is not so much happening which you do not know already. And still I found the book fast paced, gripping from beginning to end, and yes very much a teen girl story with all what you expect to find in it: a smart female hero, a little bit of romance, a bit of food for deeper thoughts, a little bit of drama and lots of humor and easygoing story telling. And all of this packed into an universe which I came to like and enjoy in the previous books.
When I look at the other reviews, I see that it cannot be everybody's cup of tea but then it never pretended to be anything else but this: a fun story told in the words of a teenage girl.As such it is exceptionelly well and wittily written, and really perfectly narrated.
Story that seemed geared to a young audience that adults, like me, can like but a bit to slow and "childish" at times. The story is slow to start but the ending is wonderful and might even bring a few tears to your eyes. Wonderful reader.
This follows the characters from Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades. If you enjoyed them, you will enjoy this. Good story for teenagers, as well as adults, as it told from the point of view of a teenage girl.
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This is really is a rehash of everything that has gone before. The series really needs a new storyline. Not recommended.
It has very clever momnets and pretty well drawn out characters but I have read better and A LOT worse
I loved this story even though much of it is the same story as The Last Colony. The biggest fear and plus side is the perspective of Zoe and how masterfully Scalzi writes from a young female voice.
If you want a follow up to make The Last Colony even better, read/listen to this book.
The Narration was great. Fills-in a lot of gaps the previous book left out. Tells the story in a 16 year old point of view...can be frustrating at times. I will give it to my daughter when she was old enough. Hopefully will get her hooked on sci-if.
Added zip to series. First book was very well structured and engaging. Second was good too and continued the story as expected. Zoe's Tale was a waste of money. Nothing new at all.
I enjoyed the story for the most part, but it always annoys me when the narrator of a sequel pronounces names differently than the previous narrator. It is distracting.
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