Following up the events of Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony picks up right where the action left off. We find our heroes taking life easy in a settlement serving in public roles and enjoying the simple life. However, when the prospect of colonizing a new planet comes up, it is simply an offer they cannot refuse. Unfortunately, they've only been told part of the story. They realize this when they land up on an unknown planet and are told they are being hunted all over the galaxy. Enter not one but two big bad guys and things heat up fast as they discover their true purpose and how much they can really trust the Colonial Union.
This book follows Scalzi's equation for success: humor, fast-paced, kick-ass sci-fi action, and likable characters. He does a great job at creating personas that the reader can really develop feelings toward whether it is sympathy, hatred, or anything in between. Scalzi also does a good job at expanding on the world he created in the first two books. If you're a fan of sci-fi space operas make sure you pick this up but after you have read the first two as they build up the story and make it sweeter.
This book was intended to be a conclusion to the Old Man's War trilogy but he has since written several additional volumes including Zoe's Tale, essentially this same story but told from the perspective of Zoe. If it is half as good as the first three have been, I can't wait. Scalzi has also written novellas to fill in the gaps between novels which I hope to read one day as well.
Overall this series is young in publication but has already been voted on numerous "Best-Of" sci-fi lists. Read them and you'll see why.
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