Remember reading that book that you thought what a great idea, to bad they didn’t execute the major plot points correctly? Or how about the great book that left you wanting more? That’s Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, only there was nothing bad about it, but I was left thinking that at one point this story was becoming eerily similar to Robert Heinlein‘s Starship Trooper, a book that I wasn’t very fond of. Luckily for me that portion of the story consisted of one part of one chapter, after which the book moved at full speed leaving me turning page after page until I finally had to put the book down to go visit the bathroom or go to bed. Needless to say I got up the next morning and picked up the book once again and didn’t put it down until I was finished.

The book follows John Perry who is old, seventy-five to be exact. However, while he is old he is the perfect age for service in the Colonial Defense Force (CDF) a military entity that protects all human colonies and settlement out amongst the stars. More than that they help the human race expand by battling alien races for coveted pieces of real estate. John is joining the CDF in the hope that they will make him young again, or at least not as old and frail. But the CDF does better than that, the give him an entirely new body, one that is muscular, fit, and green. . . With this new body Perry fights new enemies and old ones and even enemies that used to not be a threat until they surfaced with a brand new piece of technology, one in which they are able to pin-point exactly where a ship will appear in space after they “skip” from one point to another. This means that this once benign alien race can begin a battle even before the colonist ships enter the fight. John‘s job is to find out where they acquired this technology and how to get it from them to once again make the fight equal.

The book is very fast passed and filled with details and fun-filled science facts that will bring out the geek in us all. More than that they book is easy to follow and Scalazi‘s writing style makes it easy to follow along and keep track of the new characters that are constantly being introduced into the story. In short this is a great book and an enjoyable reading experience that I haven’t had in a long time.

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