Image of Zoe's Tale (Old Man's War)


Image of Zoe's Tale (Old Man's War)

A companion to last
year's The Last Colony,
this fast-paced volume
tells the story of the colony planet Roanoke from the perspective of
Zoe Boutin Perry, a perceptive and intelligent 17-year-old. Zoe's voice
is original and believable, and her
take on the events is both entertaining and enlightening.

Zoe, the adopted daughter of John Perry and Jane Sagan, is about to become a colonist on the planet Roanoke. In addition to the usual problems facing her -- boys, making friends on the new colony, etc. -- Zoe also has to deal with being the subject of a treaty between the human race and the Obin, a race of alien beings who have intelligence but not consciousness -- their only experience of what it means to be conscious is through Zoe.

Zoe and her relationship with the Obin -- via their two representatives, Hickory and Dickory -- are absolutely pivotal to the survival of not only the colony of Roanoke but also of the human race. (Tor, Aug., 336 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs