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Zoe's Tale

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Couldn't get enough

I am so happy that the author chose to revisit the series, you will be too as a new wrinkle or two (or more) and shifted perspectives open up new and wonderful insights into the colonial frontier!

posted by 4508843 on July 7, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing

I picked this ebook up thinking it would tell a new story set sometime after The Last Colony. Unfortunately, this is a complete retelling of The Last Colony, only from Zoe's viewpoint. And it was boring.

There are significant plot points to The Last Colony, and hav...
I picked this ebook up thinking it would tell a new story set sometime after The Last Colony. Unfortunately, this is a complete retelling of The Last Colony, only from Zoe's viewpoint. And it was boring.

There are significant plot points to The Last Colony, and having presented that story once, Scalzi obviously can't relate it in such detail again. So instead Scalzi gives a synopsis of each critical plot point when the book gets there, essentially skimming over all the action and drama. This makes the book very weak. In fact, there is only two completely new scenes: the first to address some criticism he received about introducing and then dropping the "werewolves"; and the second the story of what happens when Zoe enters Conclave territory to deliver John's message to General Gau. By themselves, not worth buying this book for.

To be fair, the voice Scalzi creates for Zoe is believable, and the dialogue mostly entertaining. Scalzi does have a way with sarcastic dialogue. But this is the only redeeming feature of the book.

Overall, the constant narration of the same story weakens Zoe's character quite a bit. She would have been stronger in an original story. Or, if Scalzi could have woven Zoe's Tale into The Last Colony, it would have made that book even better than it is now. But simply retelling the one book from a different character's viewpoint just didn't work.

I won't say not to buy this book. But if you do so, be aware of what you are paying for.

posted by DrewGuy on June 29, 2011

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    As indicated from the title of the book this story is told from

    As indicated from the title of the book this story is told from the viewpoint of John and Jane’s teenage daughter Zoey.  Although she’s just a teenager, you would never know it from the way she acts and talks during the book.  Yes there are some teenage angst and immaturity but it’s few and far between.  Although an interesting take, this book doesn't add much to the “Old Man’s War” story as its follows the same events as the reader saw “The Lost Colony” just from a different perspective.  There are a few new things we learn but they’re character specific.  That being said if you enjoy the series you’ll enjoy this one as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    Scalzi Books

    I have read Old Man's War and I was hooked. I've read everything Scalzi has done. The Old man's war and Ghost Brigade was up there with the all time greatest ...such as Ray Bradbury. I was somewhat disappointed with the rambling and confusion of Zoe's Tale. It was good, but a long way from his best.

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