The Last Colony
by John Scalzi
Review by Ernest Lilley
Tor Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765316974
Date: 17 April 2007 List Price $23.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
With the Last Colony, John Scalzi closes (for a while, anyway) the Old Man's War story, and quite possibly he's saved the best for last as well. Ex-soldiers John Perry and Jane Sagan are living a comfortable existence as an ombudsman and one woman police force respectively, on the quiet backwater planet Huckleberry, when a former commander shows up to drag them out of a retirement and back into the center of man's fight for survival in the cosmos. This time they're not being asked to lead troops into battle against alien hordes, they're being asked to lead a colony in its first years on a new world. Which sounds simple enough, since colonizing is a pretty well established deal, though these colonists are the first second generation colonists, and though there's a lot John and Jane don't know about the game they're part of, they do know that Roanoke colony is a pawn in a much bigger and deadlier game than just surviving on the frontier. Fortunately, they've got a secret weapon; their adopted daughter Zoe, who happens to be worshiped by an entire alien race. But that's another story, the one told in the last book, The Ghost Brigades. Many SF writers are compared to Heinlein, Scalzi raises the bar more than a notch. If RAH were alive today, he'd be enjoying The Last Colony along with the rest of us. From official release/information:
Book Description: Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up.
That is, until his and Jane's past reaches out to bring them back into the game--as leaders of a new human colony, to be peopled by settlers from all the major human worlds, for a deep political purpose that will put Perry and Sagan back in the thick of interstellar politics, betrayal, and war.