It’s a big, bad universe out there…
As hinted in Old Man’s War, humanity has created a Special Forces troop of people who are force-grown, genetically altered clones of people who signed up for service but passed away before their enlistment. This of course raises some interesting ethical issues.
Scalzi writes with economy and restraint, letting the plot carry the novel instead of resorting to verbal pyrotechnics.
There are a lot of thought-provoking ideas embedded in The Ghost Brigades, and the novel passes them out without hitting you over the head. At its core, though, it’s fun space opera.
There are couple of nits to pick, like how the Evil Scientist motivations didn’t fully work (at least for me), and some of the differences in BrainPal use by “realborn” troops and the Special Forces seemed a bit hand wavy, but those things don’t impede enjoyment of the novel, which just like Old Man’s War almost eerily channels Heinlein (in a good way).
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