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THE LAST COLONY
Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction
This is a fantastic, eminently readable and more than a little bittersweet end to Scalzi's Old Man's War trilogy. Perry is a likably sarcastic narrator whom readers should find both sympathetic and amusing. The plot is beautifully constructed, and the resolution of the series is heart stopping in its absolute rightness.
Retired from the military, John Perry and his family are living the quiet life when they're asked to lead a new colony world. They didn't realize quite how exciting establishing a new colony was going to be -- from undiscovered sentient life on the planet to political machinations between alliances that humanity's been kept in the dark about.
In order to ensure the survival -- against all odds -- of the last colony, John, Jane and their daughter, Zoe, are going to have to use every bit of information and intelligence they can get their hands on, and they're going to have to do it in the face of opposition from their own species. (Tor, May, 336 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: May 2007