Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Last Colony - a review

Well let me get a few things straight; I am not a professional reviewer, however, I would like to play one on this blog. My reviews will not give away any key points, I hope, just read them with caution. This is my first, so please be gentle with me, as I am a simple man that just writes what he thinks, and in this case it is books that I have read (starting in 2010). So, are we ready? Then let's get on with it.

The Last Colony by John Scalzi is the third book in his Old Man's War trilogy (Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades) and satisfies the readers of the series, with an ending, yet you can always go back as well. He has a fourth book from that series called Zoe's Tale, which gives you a version of The Last Colony from a different perspective. I haven't read it yet, but I am sure that I will by year's end.

Even with seven children and a full-time job, I was able to read this novel in about a week's time. The pages just kept turning and kept me entertained all the way through. This goes for the first two books in the series as well. I have encouraged two additional people, at work, to read them and they too have thoroughly enjoyed them.

What more do you need, right?

Okay, a little more. These books are science fiction, and have decent science in them. I love when that happens! The whole series is an interesting concept, and actually made me want to have this happen when I turned seventy-five. Oops, I started delving into the first book of the series there.

John Perry and Jane Sagan have retired with their adopted daughter Zoe to the planet of Huckleberry, where John is the ombudsman and Jane is the law. Before you know it, their lives are turned upside down when they are chosen to lead a new colony of colonists to a new world. Problem is, no one wants them to do it and they don't find this out until it's too late.

What follows is a great story of how people can come together to defeat a common enemy. Lots of action, and best of all, humor through the entire book. Heck, the whole series is great and I would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Basically, in this reader's opinion, I recommend that you go out and purchase it today, especially if you like to laugh and read science fiction. You will not be disappointed. In fact, click on the links and buy them now, you won't regret it.

Happy reading!