"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
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.
reader of books
This is really is a rehash of everything that has gone before. The series really needs a new storyline. Not recommended.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
Author John Scalzi has shown that he can stretch his legs with the 3 novels and 1 short story that compromise "Old Mans War." I thought that "The Sagan Diary" would be hard to top, however I believe that "Zoe's Tale" has the story line, character development and held my interest more than the other books in the series.
I'll grant that "Zoe's Tale" may start out looking like a Young Adult entrance into SiFi but if the reader will just keep listening you'll be pleasantly surprised by the growth shown-both in Zoe herself and in Scalzi's ability to write a young adult and not wind up with a classic Valley Girl nasal intonation being given to all the teens in the diary. Credit goes to both John Scalzi for the writing and to Tavia Gilbert for not falling into the easy drawl and though some of the protagonists amongst the teen group tend to sound straight from Ventura Blvd., Zoe herself, for the most part, remains well narrated,
Other reviewers have mentioned that there is no reason to download this novel, as it's simply another view of "Last Colony" but I disagree. "Zoes Tale" completely fleshes out the stay of the family on Roanoke Colony and the reasons behind their move. More importantly and especially the dealings with Zoe and her aliens.I think parts of this set Zoe up for the possibility of bother novel, should Scakzi decide to take the series in another direction. As far as plot development and why's and wherefores that are glossed over in the other books are more deeply written abut here-and it is a real story. Another example of Scalzi's ability to make an alien very alien and not just humanoid lite. Zoes aliens thought processes are truly different to a humanoids,
Plot and character development are excellent, and there is much less of the "He Said" "She Said" that peppered the reading of "Old Mans War" and "The Last Colony" are fewer. Listeners who get frustrated with the reading need to just get over it...books are still primarily written to be read to ones self where the individual reader can skip over the redundant verbiage..which simply can't be deleted because it sounds awkward. It's the way this author writes his terse dialogue-Lee Childs dialogue flows the same way.
I totally enjoyed the depth of this series and thought Zoe's Tale an excellent way to finish out the "Old Mans War" series. Potential for continuation is out there should Scalzi decide to run with it. I hope he does as I'd love to see Zoe grow up.
It has very clever momnets and pretty well drawn out characters but I have read better and A LOT worse
The story is pretty good, although somewhat repetitive from The Last Colony. It is pretty obvious that it is a middle age man projecting himself onto a teenage girl, but it still works relatively well.
The biggest problem with the audiobook is that the narrator has a serious case of vocal fry that becomes more and more annoying as the book goes on. It is most evident when she portrays female characters but is present throughout. Other than that, it is a worthy listen.
Avid listener, former reader. Especially enjoys Audiobooks on long road trips. They help us to stay alert and minimizes arguments.
Refreshingly different way to re-read a previous tale, from the perspective of another character.
Letting Zoe, a 16 year old female who had an integral part in the prior story tell the tale was sheer genius. Not only did it fill in the blanks on her part of the adventure, but it allowed the reader to experience the angst and concerns of juvenile colonists.
John Scalzi weaves together a thoroughly exciting series of tales that captivates the reader and draws them into progressively intriguing circumstances. His characters, although different, are entirely believable and interesting to follow.
I have the entire series and enjoyed them all.
The narrator did this book justice. The book is written from the perspective of a (frankly annoying) teenage girl, and that's precisely how the narration sounds.
This book pretty much re-tells the story of the previous book in series, this time through the life of Zoe. All of the sudden, we have to suffer through the peculiarities of teenage narration centered around teenage drama obscuring almost the same events described in "the Last Colony." We do learn couple extra details of how she accomplished her mission, but, honestly, this is just an utterly pointless part of the series. I would advise listeners to skip this one and go directly to the Human Division. Now that I have finished the series, I do believe it is the best thing to do.
Very good take on the same story from The Last Colony but from Zoe's point of view. Explains some things that aren't obvious or explained at all in the previous book and the narrator did a great job interpreting Zoe.
The narrator did a poor job at pronouncing names (people and races) as they were narrated in previous books. This was very annoying.
This book adds very little to the storyline, and should have fit into an Epilogue of in the Last Colony.
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