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by John Scalzi

Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction

2008 Science Fiction Novel Nominee

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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

Publisher: TOR

Published: August 2008

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