This is sadly not as engaging as Old Man's War. There is still way too much science/DNA talk happening that flew over my head. Honestly it made me bored. The book is better when we are following Jared Dirac that does not realize that he is a hybrid of a scientist Charles Boutin. We follow a character who we met in the last book, Jane Sagan and her Ghost Brigades.
Well down to my second book that I got for the Readathon 3 rolls day (which ended up to 4 rolls for me since I got a double at one point).
I already finished "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" and now I have this, American Gods, and Blood Rites to finish up.
So far the book starts off with a base under attack. Now we have to see what is what. I loved Old Man's War, so I hope I love this one too.
I've been eyeing Scalzi's work for a while, but not being a huge sci-fi fan, I've always tended to pass over his books. But after getting hooked on the TV shows The Expanse and Dark Matter, and reading the first of the Expanse books and loving it, I decided - after a quick check with some long time friends - that it was time for me to try Scalzi out. It helped, of course, that the book was on a really good sale. :)
And I liked it. :) Military space opera. A protagonist that's closer to my age than most others these days and some really intriguing future world-building that wasn't too scientific for me. I don't enjoy reading scientific treatises, you see. And quite frankly, that's why this isn't 4 stars - there was a little too much techy-techy, OMG what are we going to become etc... for me. I felt like this book was a good tale, a romp with some great characters and terrific bantering dialogue and those few parts that were of a techsophical bent just seemed preachy to me.
Anyhoo, I really did enjoy the book. Enjoyed Scalzi's voice for the most part and will indeed read further in the series. When they go on sale again. *LOL* The budget, man, the budget!!
When I turn 75, if I have a chance to get my young, toned, wrinkle-free, 20 year old body back- with improvements, in exchange for a stint in the military (hence the title Old Man's War), I'm going for it- you won't have to ask me twice! All aging adults are given this option by the Colonial Defense Forces, who are responsible for seizing and colonizing surrounding planets. When the main character-John Perry, turns 75, he goes down to the enlistment office & signs on the dotted line. The story follows him as he is sent off to space and reborn into a young CDF soldier.
I've always heard great things about Scalzi but this is the first time I had a chance to see for myself & I wasn't disappointed. He is a fantastic writer! I really enjoyed his ingenious technical concepts & creativity the most. He really nailed the hard science. He literally broke down the science to a level where you think- hey this could work and truly made the unbelievable, believable!
I can't say enough good things about this book. It's now one of my favorite sci-fi stories. I listened to the audio version and the narrator's performance was above par too. Granted, I do always speed my playback up to 1.3 or 1.4 though so the narration isn't so slow but regardless he still made a 5 star book even better. Anyone with a technical or non-technical background, I think can enjoy this book so don't wait like I did, just read it.