John Scalzi – Old Man’s War – books 3 & 4

The Last Colony is a science fiction novel by American writer John Scalzi, the third set in his Old Man’s War universe. It was nominated for a 2008 Hugo Award in the Best Novel category.

Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up.

That is, until his and Jane’s past reaches out to bring them back into the game–as leaders of a new human colony, to be peopled by settlers from all the major human worlds …


Zoe’s Tale (Old Man’s War #4) is the same story as book 3 but told from the perspective of 15-year-old Zoe Boutin Perry.

I admire John Scalzi’s guts for moving from science fiction to young adult.

Any male author trying to be believable as a teen girl is up for challenge. I thought he pulled it off.

It reminded me of the great Robert J. Sawyer writing from the perspective of a 15-year-old girl in the WWW Trilogy.

Also Ender’s Shadow, the retelling of Ender’s Game from the perspective of Ender’s sidekick Bean.

I’ll continue on to book 5 – The Human Division.

In December 2017, it was announced that Netflix had acquired Old Man’s War and would develop it as an original film.

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