Homer's Travels: Book: John Scalzi's "Zoë's Tale"

Monday, April 02, 2018

Book: John Scalzi's "Zoë's Tale"

Six years ago I read the first three books of John Scalzi's Old Man's War series.  At the time there were four books.  The fourth book, "Zoë's Tale", retold the third book's story from a different perspective.  I decided, based on other people's reviews and a similar story retelling in another series I once read, that reading it would be redundant.

In the six years since, two more Old Man's War books have been published and I have decided to try to catch up.  To do this I needed a little reminder of what was happening in the series the last time I visited it and "Zoë's Tale" was a good way to get back in.

The story follows a young girl introduced in earlier books retelling the story of the founding of a colony and the politics around it (seen originally in "The Last Colony").  It reminded me of the interesting world Salzi created in his earlier books.  It also reminded me that Scalzi is not a teenage girl.  Zoë is written way too mature for her age.

Never the less, I liked the book and I gave it four stars on Goodreads and I am now ready to move on to book five of Old Man's War.

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