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Zoe's Tale

A book by John Scalzi

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Good YA Story - *3.5* Stars - Zoe's Tale

  • Nov 24, 2009
This is the first Scalzi book I've read -- yeah, I know, my bad, but I haven't read any scifi/fantasy until just recently; after a decade or so of wallowing in other genres.

That it's the last volume in a multi-book universe is pretty much how I sometimes fall into things, but it puts me in the position of being able to review this book as a stand-alone. From that point of view I have to say that I thought it held up very well. Scalzi did a good job of backfilling the story to put Zoe's adventure into context, and I never once felt lost.

Now by every other determinant, I have to say that I found "Zoe's Tale" to be more of a YA book than an 'adult-adult' book. The story is interesting, the pacing quick, the writing good... however the emotional tone is simplistic, which is to say when people/Obin are dying no body's running amok tearing their hair out. In addition, the plotting is not devious nor, in fact, complete. For example, there are very interesting creatures that are introduced, made to look like they might be integral to the plot, but they aren't heard from again. (They provide an instrument to move the story ahead and that's it.)

All in all, I enjoyed "Zoe's Tale", though I had to put on my YA/MG mindset. It would be suitable, by the way, for MG (middle schoolers) if some mild cursing is allowable. No real violence. No real adult situations. The writing is fun and funny. Scalzi's a good story teller. **Above Average**

Pam T~
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review by . November 24, 2011
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   This book is an add on to the Old Man's War trilogy by John Scalzi.  I would not suggest reading it until after reading the other three books.       It is a parallel story to The Last Colony told from the perspective of a different character.  Zoe is the adopted daughter of the main characters of the first two books, John Perry and Jane Sagan.  It contains a few incidents which do not appear in The Last Colony but does not change that story …
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In the touching fourth novel set in the Old Man's War universe, Scalzi revisits the events of 2007'sThe Last Colonyfrom 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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ISBN-10: 0765356198
ISBN-13: 978-0765356192
Author: John Scalzi
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction

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