Friday, July 31, 2009

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Old Man’s War is a re-read for me, but I talked the sci-fi book group I recently joined into reading it. I’m terrified now that they’ll hate it, but I certainly loved reading it again.

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. He visited his wife’s grave and he joined the army...well, the Colonial Defense Forces. Earth is full and the planets we’ve colonized definitely need protecting. For that, the CDF doesn’t want young, raw recruits. It wants life experience and a commitment to humankind. It isn’t easy to leave everything behind, but John is ready for whatever the CDF will bring. Or, at least he thought he was. Would you give up everything to avoid old age?

This book has it all. John Perry is an incurable smartass and definitely young at heart which holds him in good stead when the CDF has their way with the new recruits. John is now traveling the universe trying to make it safe for humanity while beginning to have doubts about his own humanity. Love it, love it, love it! Humor, sex, politics, and intergalactic battle, what could be better? This is part of a trilogy along with The Ghost Brigades and The Last Colony. There is a companion book, Zoe’s Tale, which is The Last Colony told from another character’s perspective. All good!

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