Zoe's Tale

Zoe's Tale : An Old Man's War Novel

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How do you tell your part in the biggest tale in history?
I ask because it's what I have to do. I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player (and a pawn) in a interstellar chess match to save humanity, or to see it fall. Witness to history. Friend. Daughter. Human. Seventeen years old.
Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: How I did what I did -- how I did what I had to do -- not just to stay alive but to keep you alive, too. All of you. I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope. Everything that happened, bringing us to Earth, and Earth out of its captivity. All through my eyes.
It's a story you know. But you don't know it all.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 335 pages
  • 149.86 x 213.36 x 33.02mm | 430.91g
  • Tor Books
  • United States
  • English
  • First.
  • 0765316986
  • 9780765316981
  • 1,016,136

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""The Last Colony" will kick your butt across the galaxy and make you care." -- Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column, on "The Last Colony" "Scalzi's captivating blend of off-world adventure and political intrigue remains consistently engaging." -- "Booklist" on "The Last Colony" "In Heinleinesque fashion, the book is loaded with scenes of comradeship, isolation, ruthlessness and the protocols, which govern the lives of active-duty soldiers. But this is where Scalzi, famous for his blog 'The Whatever, ' surpasses Heinlein. Scalzi weaves in subtle discussions of humanity's growing fear of aging and our simultaneous attraction and repulsion to the Frankenstein-like creatures we are able to create." -- "San Antonio Express-News" on "The Ghost Brigades"
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