John Scalzi’s THE LAST COLONY
I am doing my best not to devour this series as quickly as possible which is proving a huge challenge. The third book in the Old Man’s War series sees the return of John Perry, the hero of the first book. And like The Ghost Brigades Scalzi explores another aspect of the universe and future he has created; colonization.
John Perry has retired from the Colonial Defense Force (CDF) and has settled into his job as administrator of a colony on the planet Huckleberry with his wife and adopted daughter. After almost a decade of waging war Perry is enjoying the relative quiet life. But the universe is far from quiet and the Colonial Union, the government responsible for human activity in space, needs John to help establish a new colony on the planet of Roanoke.
I loved this storyline. The first two books have been about the Colonial Defense Force and their role defending human colonies from alien attacks. Now we get to see first hand how these colonies are established. But there is more than meets the eye and the colony Perry is trying to establishing is a pawn in a much bigger game. One that could see not only the end of colonization but the end of humanity.
Everything is far from black and white in Scalzi’s futuristic universe. Humanity’s place in the universe has been subtly questioned, by humans and aliens, in the first two books and is completely opened up in this book. The politics is intriguing and complicated and interspersed with Scalzi’s trademark humour and action. It was great to have John Perry back and we’ll see how long I can hold out before reading the next book.