Homer's Travels: Book: John Scalzi's "The Human Division"

Friday, September 21, 2018

Book: John Scalzi's "The Human Division"

After finishing "ZoĆ«'s Tale" last March I re-entered the world of the Scalzi's Old Man's War.  My latest read was the next in the series: "The Human Division."

The book is a fitting continuation of the saga.  Earth and the Colonial Union are divided.  Rivals to the humans, and especially the Colonial Union, are vying for an alliance with the Earth thus depriving the Colonial Union from its life blood.  In the background a mysterious third party with unknown motives is sabotaging the negotiations.

The book is a good romp in the Space Opera genre with interesting characters.  The one thing I wasn't keen on is how the book was put together.  The book was published by the chapter.  This means each chapter almost has to be an independent short story that, when combined with the other stories, make one coherent novel.  This made the book feel a bit disjointed at times and transitions from one venue to another were sometimes a bit jarring.

I still liked it and gave it four stars out of five on Goodreads.  The book ended with many loose ends that will be tied up in the next book of the series already available for purchase.

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