Book Review — The Human Division (Old Man’s War #5) by John Scalzi

The Human Division (Old Man's War, #5)The Human Division by John Scalzi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this hardcover edition all in one go, but really it’s a collection of short stories that reads like a novel.

As is the nature of short stories, sometimes the reader feels too distant from the story, but thankfully The Human Division is closer to the novel form.

That being said, I was impressed by how Scalzi took advantage of the medium, and changed his writing style between stories. There was some clever authorial experimentation, and it worked.

It’s a more serious look at the issues started in Old Man’ War. As if that book was a fun romp through the world, and this one is looking at the fallout with a critical eye.

Overall, worth a read if you’ve already caught up with the books set in this universe.

A quick note so that you won’t be as confused as I was. “The Human Divison” refers to strife between humans, not a military team known as the Human Division. It took me a while to realize because I kept not seeing this team and we were getting well into the book itself…

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