Released on 03 December 2015.

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Zoe's Tale

3.73 based on 17105 ratings & 1146 reviews on

2009 Short-listed

Hugo Award For Best Novel


John Scalzi's Zoe's Tale is the fourth in The Old Man's War series.

She won't go down without a fight.

It's not every day you up sticks and move to another world. But then, Zoë Boutin-Perry's life has never been ordinary. She's the adopted teenage daughter of two former super-soldiers. She's also a holy icon to a race of alien warriors who track her every move. So she's used to the quirks of being a human in space.

However, this time something's different. Betrayed by the authorities, Zoë - along with her parents and fellow colonists - finds herself stranded on a deadly pioneer planet. The Colonial Union has also set them up as a target for hostile alien action. Zoë must become a player (and a pawn) in an interstellar battle, which will determine the fate of humanity.

Her father's side of this story was told in The Last Colony, but Zoe's Tale reveals a whole new dimension.

It's a story you may think you know, but you don't really know it at all.

In the media

Scalzi is one of the slickest writers that SF has ever produced
Wall Street Journal
Astonishingly proficient
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A fast-paced political thriller laced with observant characterization, great dialogue, and some genuinely original science