Book Review: Old Man's War - John Scalzi (2005)

by fwhagen Thu, 23 March 2006

This is the first published book from an author I've never heard of. Almost. Actually, the reason I picked this one up is because of the authors blog Whatever. I enjoyed his writing style online so I took a chance. Glad I did.

"I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife's grave. Then I joined the army." Old Man's War is the story of one senior citizen that joins the Colonial Defense Force's Army to serve a 7 (?) year tour of duty and then be allowed to retire to the colonies. The only way to get off planet Earth, the good news that he would get a new body, the bad news was a 10% survival rate in the 1st two years!

This is really one of my favorite SciFi books I've read. It only took me a few days to read, even at my new slow "married" rate. I haven't been this into a SciFi books since Ender's Game (the sequels sucked). Scalzi manages to write a very readable story, full of human emotions and interest, while still delivering a solid hard-core science fiction story. I loved the tech in it. One of my favorite scenes in the beginning of the book was right after the new recruits are given their new genetically engineered bodies and they all run off to have a serious orgy. I know if I got a new bod at 75, I'd definitely be right there! AWESOME READ! Get it, get it, get it! And the sequel too!

Up next: Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi. I've read 2 of his and and finishing up the sequel to Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades. I'll finish up these reviews then hit some others...

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