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The Last Colony

4.03 based on 29981 ratings & 1433 reviews on Goodreads.com

2008 Short-listed

Hugo Award For Best Novel

Synopsis

John Scalzi's The Last Colony is the third in The Old Man's War series.

They must save themselves - or die trying.

John Perry was living peacefully on one of humanity's colonies - until he and his wife were offered an opportunity these ex-supersoldiers couldn't resist. To come out of retirement and lead a new frontier world.

However, once on the planet, they discover they've been betrayed. For this colony is a pawn in an interstellar game of war and diplomacy. Humanity's Colonial Union has pitched itself against a new, seemingly unstoppable alien alliance, dedicated to ending all human colonization.

As this contest rages above, Perry struggles to keep his terrified colonists alive on the surface below - despite dangerous interstellar politics, violence and treachery. And the planet has yet to reveal its own fatal secrets.

In the media

A fast-paced political thriller laced with observant characterization, great dialogue, and some genuinely original science
Guardian
Clever dialogue, fast-paced story and strong characters
The Times
Top-notch. His combat scenes are blood roiling
Washington Post