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Zoe's Tale

John Scalzi, Author
John Scalzi, Author . Tor $24.95 (335p) ISBN 978-0-7653-1698-1
Reviewed on: 06/23/2008
Release date: 08/01/2008
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-0-330-50603-8
Mass Market Paperbound - 406 pages - 978-0-7653-5619-2
Ebook - 336 pages - 978-1-4299-3107-6
Open Ebook - 336 pages - 978-0-330-50738-7
Hardcover - 262 pages - 978-1-59606-334-1
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In the touching fourth novel set in the Old Man's War universe, Scalzi revisits the events of 2007's The Last Colony from the perspective of Zoë, adopted daughter of previous protagonists Jane Sagan and John Perry. Jane and John are drafted to help found the new human colony of Roanoke, struggling against a manipulative and deceitful homeworld government, native werewolf-like creatures and a league of aliens intent on preventing all space expansion and willing to eradicate the colony if needed. Meanwhile, teenage Zoë focuses more on her poetic boyfriend, Enzo; her sarcastic best friend, Gretchen; and her bodyguards, a pair of aliens from a race called the Obin who worship and protect Zoë because of a scientific breakthrough made by her late biological father. Readers of the previous books will find this mostly a rehash, but engaging character development and Scalzi's sharp ear for dialogue will draw in new readers, particularly young adults. (Aug.)

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