Released on 05 June 2009.

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Zoe's Tale

3.73 based on 17447 ratings & 1160 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

Astonishingly proficient
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Top-notch. His combat scenes are blood roiling
Washington Post
Gripping and surpassingly original. It's Starship Troopers without the lectures . . . It's funny, it's sad, and it's true
Cory Doctorow