Sunday, January 31, 2016

The End of All Things

Title: The End of All Things
Author: John Scalzi
Series: Old Man's War
Genre: Science Fiction
Published: 2015
Rating: 7.5/10

Review: The End of All Things is comprised of four novella-length interrelated stories. These events continue the story started in The Human Division. We learn what happens to the Colonial Union, the Earth, and the Conclave after the Earth Station is blown up.

Each one of the stories is told from the first person perspective by four different narrators. The first narrator is new to us, his name is Rafe Daquin and he tells a story of how he becomes a brain in a box. I rather like him as a character and this was perhaps the most interesting part of the story.

Next, there is a novella from the perspective of The Conclave with the first person narration by Hafte Sorvalh, an adviser to General Gau. It's a neat look into a different world, but perhaps less interesting. I did like a story about the reason Lalans let their young brutally murder each other.

Next, we return back to the Colonial Union with Heather Lee's POV on settling unrest among the colonies that are trying to separate. This is more reminiscent of the Old Man's War type action. Lots of jokes, running around, and kicking butt.

And the final story brings it all together to finish the story arc which begins with Rafe and is narrated by Harry Wilson. The story is wrapped up quite neatly, but it's a little unbelievable how prettily all the bows are tied and i's are dotted. Still, it's a good quick read that anyone who enjoyed The Human Division wouldn't miss.