Released on 05 June 2009.

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Zoe's Tale

3.74 based on 17742 ratings & 1175 reviews on Goodreads.com

2009 Short-listed

Hugo Award For Best Novel

Synopsis

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.

In the media

Scalzi is one of the slickest writers that SF has ever produced
Wall Street Journal
Gripping and surpassingly original. It's Starship Troopers without the lectures . . . It's funny, it's sad, and it's true
Cory Doctorow
A fast-paced political thriller laced with observant characterization, great dialogue, and some genuinely original science
Guardian