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The Last Colony

4.04 based on 31716 ratings & 1507 reviews on Goodreads.com

2008 Short-listed

Hugo Award For Best Novel

Synopsis

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

Scalzi is one of the slickest writers that SF has ever produced
Wall Street Journal
Scalzi's prose harkens back to the Golden Age of science fiction while still remaining fresh and vibrant
Strange Horizons
A fast-paced political thriller laced with observant characterization, great dialogue, and some genuinely original science
Guardian