Zoe's Tale

, #4

320 pages

English language

Published March 27, 2008

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3 stars (4 reviews)

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 to make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic …

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reviewed Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi (Old Man's War, #4)

A 4th book in this series???

3 stars

This book follows up to the old man's war world and it felt a bit like I was working to finish it for the sake of completion.

It is the 3rd book told again from the perspective of the main characters daughter. It literally just covers the same timeline and plot points with a different narrator.

+: sometimes it read like space opera mean girls. It centers a women in the stories. There is a few moments that Zoe's perspective tells part of the story that didn't come up in the 3rd book.

-: You know the plot, twists and turns. It wasn't a good enough book for a second run.

reviewed Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi (Old Man's War, #4)

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2 stars

Not bad, but not quite my thing. I'm not sure what I expected, but it wasn't what I got. Still: well written with a surprising amount of humor thrown in. I felt it took a while for the plot to really get started, though in that time it developed the world. Much lighter than [b:The Forever War|21611|The Forever War|Joe Haldeman|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1167322714s/21611.jpg|423].

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