DRUNK REVIEW: Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi (Old Man’s War #4)

Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi

Reviewed by GGGinny

What I drank: tom collins. Its been a long week and I was so lucky to have a video chat with some school friends that was all about just catching up and not aboit school at all.

Goodreads Overview:

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 make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope. Everything that happened, bringing us to Earth, and Earth out of its captivity. All through my eyes.

It’s a story you know. But you don’t know it all.

Drunk Overview: so, it took me an embarassingly long time to realize this, but this book is the third book (the Last Colony) but told from the perspective of Johns daughter. So Zoe’s parents are important and are chosen to lead a new colony. Once they arrive its vlear that the govermnet is trying to do something shady. But Zoe is a teen girl and also trying to live her life. Unfortunately for her, shes also the reason a peace treaty exists and her two alien bodyguards (and her life) complicate things.

Drunk Thoughts: John Scalzi did such a good job writing anteen girl. In the acknowlegdments he talks about the women who huided him into writing a realistic charactrr, but ugh. Im just thrilled the characyrr felt so real.

  • Like I said. It took an embarassingly long time to realize this was a previous book from a different perspective. Its also been a long time since I read the previous book.
  • But I loved how this book balanced the big things that were happening in the world with the things most teenagers would actually care about.
  • Only so many teens would care about the goings on of an intergalactic government.
  • But the decisions that Zoe had to deal with were intense!!!
  • I think the biggest things I enjoyed in this books were the world building that was missed in previous books.
  • The leader of the colony isnt going to go into detail about a hootienannie. But a teen will
  • The other thing was the visit Zoe made that wasnt really included in the other book.
  • That setup was so painful but so helpful to the full story, and it showcased Zoe’s growth in a veautiful and painful way.

What I’d Pair it With: peach moonshinr. Something thats been made for years and can be super low tech when needed.

Rating: 3.5/5

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