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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Subterranean; Limited edition (May 30 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596061316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596061316
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daiken on July 28 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think if you read Old Man's War and enjoyed it, then you'll probably love this book too. While the story focuses on Jane, it was still a fantastic read. It's a bit more philosophical, but really the best thing about the book is the story in my opinion. The characters are likable, the book has good pacing, flows well, has deeper meaning for those that care to look for it, and is overall just fun. I still consider Old Man's War a better book, but this still met my expectations.
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By glenstair on May 9 2014
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A lot of extra details building on the first book. Some more of the details and secrets are revealed. Good read!
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Format: Kindle Edition
That pretty much sums it up. I could sort of see the end coming, but it twisted away from my expectations enough that I was in the end not disappointed.
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By Kate Hoffmann on Jan. 15 2013
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A good read, further exploring the universe introduced in Old Man's War. Explores interesting questions about what makes us human in the form of a rollicking tale.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Larry Ketchersid on June 4 2007
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John Scalzi won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Gee, I wonder why?

While not as fantastic as his debut, Old Man’s War, Scalzi still sets the bar high with his followup novel, set in the same universe where mankind has ventured out into a hostile universe populated with hundreds of alien species, and responds with engineering, perserverance, and small feats of bio engineering like the Ghost Brigades.

The Ghost Brigades were introduced briefly in Old Man’s War in the form of Jane Sagan, a nine year old with some of the DNA of the lead character’s dead wife. The soldiers in the Ghost Brigade are grown, given “BrainPal” computers in their head, and then linked to their squad mates.

Jane Sagan plays a back-up role here. The main plot follows Jared Dirac, a Ghost Brigade soldier who is built to put a presumed dead traitor’s consciousness inside his head. It doesn’t take at first, so he becomes a member of the Ghost Brigades. It does take later, but to detail more would mean spoiling the story.

Scalzi continues to expand upon the universe of aliens he has created, and to explain the science the humans are using to combat them in clear, logical terms. (Science and fiction, get it?) The humans seem to be beset on all sides by agressive aliens, but which side is really the aggressor?

John gets into some excellent philosophical discussions about choice and right to choose, which is right in line with the “created for a purpose” ghost brigades.

An excellent story, a quick read, a new fav author. On to the third in the series.
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