The Last Colony

{4.5/5} “Humans — the few who knew the story anyway, — naturally regarded Boutin as a traitor, a man whose plan to topple the Colonial Union would have caused the slaughter of billions of humans. The Obin equally and naturally regarded him as one of their great racial heroes, a Prometheus figure who gave them not fire but awareness. If you ever needed an argument that heroism is relative, there it is.”

The Last Colony by John Scalzi, published in 2007

John Perry, Jane Sagan, and ZoĆ« Boutin have become a family. They live on Huckleberry — John is an ombudsman and Jane is a constable, and they also have a small farm. When General Rybicki shows up unexpectedly, he offers them the chance to be leaders of a brand new colony — Roanoke. It will be the first colony founded by people from other colonies, as opposed to Earth. They like their life on Huckleberry, but it’s time for a new adventure.

John and Jane are great characters, so it’s a pleasure to see them again. The creatures known as the Obin return from the previous book — they’re a fascinating species.

It’s about colonization, secrets, and a federation of planets. You’ll be so engrossed you won’t notice you’re turning the pages.

I previously reviewed the 2nd book in the series, The Ghost Brigades.

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