I love John Scalzi’s books, his sarcastic writing voice just resonates with me. I have read all Old Man’s War books, they are my favorites.
However, I found this one somewhat disappointing. I expected a book similar to the previous ones, but I actually got three novellas. They are connected and complement each other, but I for me they didn’t make one complete novel. Maybe a hint in the Publisher’s Summary would have been useful.
The entertaining quality varied through the three stories. I found the first one grabbing and I enjoyed it much, but the second one was too heavy with political intrigue and lacked action. The third one was better again, featuring one of my favorite characters, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson.
In places I got bored. I rolled my eyes when CDF soldiers were chatting about what day it was and what the menu in the mass hall would be. Seriously? And I almost skipped parts in the middle, because of too much politics. As always, the writing voice grabbed me, and kept me listening to the audio version in places where the story was stalling. That alone earned one star.
Other reviews claim that this book was a nice wrap up of the OMW story line. Certainly, there was a kind of resolution, but I didn’t have the feeling that it could be the last book. Is it even possible to wrap up a story-line like this one? I don’t know if Scalzi wants to write another book in this series, but I would be interested, for sure.
William Dufris did an excellent job, kudos for him. Other reviews complain about Tavia Gilbert’s performance, but I found it fine for a voice of an alien woman.