Some writers are prolific. A better adjective for John Scalzi might be “possessed.” You’d think he’d have his hands full churning out novels at a machine-gun. This essay, on The Last Colony, is the third installment in an on-going retrospective of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series. Previous. The third book in John Scalzi’s exciting sci-fi series which started with Old Man’s War.

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The Last Colony doesn’t have any training; Perry is the protagonist again and he does have to adapt to a new career as the administrator of a new colony, but there’s no boot camp — he’s chosen because we’re told he already has most of the necessary experience and leadership lasf.

Jane staves off an attempted attack from one faction, remotely controlling the colony’s defense lasers, although some people are killed. Can you give us a hint when we might see TGB released in paperback? It was shocking to see how even after such betrayal what people could be capable of doing. Then, they’re offered the chance to head a new colony that really needs them. She begins to question why they keep putting out fires but do not address the root causes.

The colonists don’t know about this purpose until they’ve already set up Roanoke, and by the time the Conclave fleet shows up to enforce its ultimatum, the colonists have no choice but to help the Colonial Union thwart the Conclave. A better adjective for John Scalzi might coolony “possessed.


John has a nice, easygoing writing style, so even if there isn’t too much happening in the book, it’s still quite all right. John Scalzi sort of agrees but sort of doesn’t. Unfortunately for me most of it seemed quite obvious. A young American of Indian ancestry who through various turns of plot found himself herded onto a colonization ship one step ahead of the law and to a new colony, which would be headed up by John Perry and Jane Sagan.

John Scalzi shows another part of his universe with The Last Colony. View all 16 comments.

The Last Colony

There are many conversation with arguments made clear at the start but somehow the characters keep paraphrasing it without uncovering new insights.

After a harrowing action scene, this whole plot thread basically stops, with no resolution. They end up partnering with diplomats from the Earth and the Union to pull off an intricate trap past the shadowy Equilibrium forces, outfoxing both their secret supporters in Conclave legislature and others who just want all humans wiped out.

The resulting peace from strength has become shaky as the Union has been so brutal in maintaining allegiance and control that Earth has dropped out, removing a big source of their resources and soldiers. If you ever visit the Scalzi Compound and hear a muffled yelling, as if from a desperate voice somewhere underground, do try to ignore it.

Thoughts on The Last Colony

Colonyy section is told from the perspective a female assault trooper with the Colonial Defense Force engaged in quelling rebellions seeking independence from the Union. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I still don’t like how neatly Scalzi wraps up his books and The Last Colony was no exception.


There’s some really impressive moments spread throughout the book. I want to know more.

They all talk and think the same, including supposedly sleazy politicians and alien generals. To say that things do not go to plan is an understatement, and they find themselves in the middle of a huge power play with heavy ramifications. Jul 09, Kaethe rated it it was amazing Shelves: I shouldn’t have doubted Scalzi as the book takes the series to a satisfying conclusion even though I know it continues past this point. Aug 01, Krbo rated it really liked it.

Thoughts on The Last Colony – Whatever

It has more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. It would be hilarious if it wasn’t obvious that Mr Scalzi is serious this time and not winking at the reader. Best part cloony the series, when things got going I couldn’t put it down.

I’ll also be following up with the subsequent books even though I think a complete story has been told.

Well, you know how I feel about outlining. Hope you crank out another similar series soon. One I could handle, but two is overdoing it, man. Jane Sagan and Savitri Guntupillai.