Old Man’s War

{4.5/5} “The recruiting office was a small storefront in a nondescript strip mall; there was a state liquor store on one side of it and a tattoo parlor on the other. Depending on what order you went into each, you could wake up the next morning in some serious trouble.”

John Perry joins the Colonial Defense Forces when he’s 75. He imagines that they have a way of making his body younger. He’s wrong — they have a way of transferring his consciousness into a new body. Perry learns that humans and other spacefaring races want planets to colonize, and sometimes they want the same planet. He tries to make some new friends, deal with the situations that are thrown at him, and stay alive.

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi was published in 2005. It has several sequels but you can read this one on its own.

The novel hasĀ engaging human characters and intriguing alien societies. It’s occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, like Scalzi’s other books.

Perry is a great main character — he’s not bloodthirsty, but he’s interested in furthering the interests of humanity and he’s also quite clever.

Even if war stories aren’t your favourite, I still encourage you to read the novel. It’s about Perry and his friends’ reactions to the new things thrown at them — they just happen to be in the middle of a war.

I like Scalzi’s writing style a lot — it’s a pleasure to read one of his books.

I’ve previously read and enjoyed Scalzi’s books The Android’s Dream and Redshirts.

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