The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Saturday, 06 September 2008]

Review: The Last Colony

The weakest novel in John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War Universe.

The third Novel in John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War Universe, The Last Colony continues the adventures of John Perry and Jane Sagan.

It’s an enjoyable novel, and Scalzi writes with his customary economy, but it feels like he’s getting a bit tired of his creation. The Last Colony is much less intense than the preceding novels in the series, and the plot suffers from an overload of million-to-one odds that somehow go in the protagonists’ favor.

There are interesting philosophical and human ideas in the novel, but as space opera it needs a turbo charge.

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Old Man’s War
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