Last year when I finished reading Insurgent I started looking for a new series to dive head first into. I decided to let Amazon help me and took a look at their suggested reading list and found Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. I’ve always been a fan of science fiction movies & tv shows after growing up with Star Wars & Star Trek, but I mostly read fantasy, so this was my first introduction into science fiction novels.
I am so happy that I found John Scalzi! His Old Man’s War books are exactly the kind of stories I like to read. There’s action, adventure, humor, technology, crazy aliens, and even some romance. But really I love that he tells stories about how humans react to being in space and fighting a war for the first time. This isn’t some hard sci-fi with no emotions, Scalzi has created characters that you care about book after book.
The books mostly follow a man named John Perry who signs up for a chance at a new life. On Earth once you turn 75 y/o you have the opportunity to sign up for the Colonel Defense Forces. You’ll be taken to space, given a whole new super body, and look & feel like you’re 22 y/o again. Just one catch, you have to fight a war against alien races in a difference universe. If you can survive as a CDF solider you’ll be rewarded greatly, but surviving is key. Some alien races are far more technically advanced and not everyone makes it out of every battle alive.
Human Division is the 5th book in the series and I’m a little over 50% done with it. So far it is just as funny and captivating as the others. The books don’t all follow John Perry’s story, but he is a key character. Each books takes you deeper and deeper into this new universe and it’s great to see so many different perspectives. Much like Earth, every planet has it’s own problems. There’s mystery and corruption peppered throughout the series, but it’s all done with a lot of humor. These are great books if you’re looking to get into science-fiction for the first time. It’s not intimidating, and I promise you’ll end up falling in love with John Scalzi’s work and will probably read all the other books he’s written outside of this series.
I will be spending the next few days soaking in this book before I have to return it to the library. I’m really hoping that they’ll turn the series into a movie because I actually think it could be done really well. Plus I’m selfish and just want to have it in as many forms as possible.
What books will you be enjoying over this Thanksgiving holiday?