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Zoe’s Tale
Fourth novel set in the Old Man's War universe

by John Scalzi

      Zoe’s Tale, by John Scalzi; I will use the following words to describe this book, unique and unimaginable!  Sci-Fi is not for me, I don’t enjoy it and I don’t understand it, but putting that aside, the book was well written and told a most unique story.

How would you feel? You are 17 years old and taken to a new colony hoping for a better way of life, but in reality, many lies were told and your parents were part of the deception.  Maybe it was unknowingly, but how could they not have known?

Zoe Boutin Perry, discovering love for the very first time, looking forward to a new way of life in a new colony in a new world—sounds like a fun adventure, right?  Well it was, but not the adventure that she was hoping for.  Life as she knew it was over, and the feeling of safety nonexistent.  Not the life for any child, or any person for that matter.

Follow along on Zoe’s quest for what life should be and how life should feel, and all of the conflicts that she is thrown into along the way.  How would you handle this situation?  What would you have done differently?  What role did her parents play in all of this and, the most important question yet to be answered, did Zoe find true love and the feeling of safety?

Take your time to read this one; all of the ins and outs will keep you guessing.  The storyline will keep you moving along through these unique adventures, although maybe that’s not the right word to use here, as the characters in this story are just trying to stay alive to see another new day dawn in their colony. Will the answers to all of the questions be answered?

The Book

August 19, 2008
Sci-Fi / Futuristic
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The Reviewer

Sandie Vega
Reviewed 2008
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