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Zoe's Tale Hardcover – Aug 19 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (Aug. 19 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765316986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765316981
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.2 x 20.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #734,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the touching fourth novel set in the Old Man's War universe, Scalzi revisits the events of 2007's The Last Colony from the perspective of Zoë, adopted daughter of previous protagonists Jane Sagan and John Perry. Jane and John are drafted to help found the new human colony of Roanoke, struggling against a manipulative and deceitful homeworld government, native werewolf-like creatures and a league of aliens intent on preventing all space expansion and willing to eradicate the colony if needed. Meanwhile, teenage Zoë focuses more on her poetic boyfriend, Enzo; her sarcastic best friend, Gretchen; and her bodyguards, a pair of aliens from a race called the Obin who worship and protect Zoë because of a scientific breakthrough made by her late biological father. Readers of the previous books will find this mostly a rehash, but engaging character development and Scalzi's sharp ear for dialogue will draw in new readers, particularly young adults. (Aug.)
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“The Last Colony will kick your butt across the galaxy and make you care.” — Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column, on The Last Colony
“Scalzi’s captivating blend of off-world adventure and political intrigue remains consistently engaging.” — Booklist on The Last Colony
"In Heinleinesque fashion, the book is loaded with scenes of comradeship, isolation, ruthlessness and the protocols, which govern the lives of active-duty soldiers. But this is where Scalzi, famous for his blog ‘The Whatever,’ surpasses Heinlein. Scalzi weaves in subtle discussions of humanity's growing fear of aging and our simultaneous attraction and repulsion to the Frankenstein-like creatures we are able to create." — San Antonio Express-News on The Ghost Brigades

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Format: Hardcover
Readers unfamiliar with John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" space opera science fiction novels will find much to recommend to both young and old audiences alike in "Zoe's Tale", which recounts from the perspective of seventeen year-old Zoe Boutin Perry, much of the plot of Scalzi's "The Last Colony", the third novel in his series. Those familiar with Scalzi's "Old's Man War" novels have met Zoe before in the sequels "The Ghost Brigades" and "The Last Colony", but here she emerges as a protagonist as fascinating and as compelling as her adoptive parents, John Perry and Jane Sagan. In a last ditch gamble by the human Colonial Union to wage a victorious war against an vast alliance of alien worlds opposed to further human expansion into the galaxy, the Colonial Union offers as a most tempting "prize", the newly settled Roanoke colony, led by former Colonial Union soldiers John Perry and Jane Sagan. Determined to preserve the lives of her family and friends, Zoe must rely on both her steadfast convictions and newly earned knowledge of that alien alliance to find some means of ensuring not only Roanoke's survival, but ultimately, also humanity's right to colonize interstellar space. Scalzi has written a superb, vividly imagined, novel that will win the affections of both Young Adult and adult audiences of space opera science fiction, and one which emphasizes the loyalty and love that Zoe has for her parents and Roanoke friends.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sagan's adopted daughter Zoe. Zoe's father had attempted to destroy all of humanity but was defeated by the Colonial Defense Force.

Zoe's story plays out as we get to see from her perspective what she was seeing, and doing, that was only hinted at in the applicable Old Man's War series.

Who else has two alien body guards and a step Dad and Mom who have to run a new colony on a hidden planet. While Zoe is adopted, she shows that she can be just as devious, and funnt, as her adopted parents.

This is a great read. I recommend reading the three books in the Old Man's War series (The Old man's War - The Ghost Brigade - The Last Colony) before this one; but the story will stand on it's own.

Highly recommended BOOK - SERIES - AUTHOR
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I've enjoyed the series immensely however when I read the premise for this one I was hesitant. I'm glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised. This covers much of what has already taken place but the perspective is interesting and entertaining. I wouldn't say that I enjoyed it as much as the others but it is definitely worth reading.
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By A. Smith on May 27 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed the previous books in this series. Zoe's Tale is pretty much the whole story told in The Last Colony with a couple of extra insights from Zoe's point of view. It is well written, but since I knew what was going to happen I didn't enjoy it as much.
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