This was a 3-star book until the last hundred or so pages, where it really shined and Scalzi reminded us why he’s one of the kings of modern science-fiction.
Zoë’s Tale (that’s right, dear readers, I looked up that trema for you) is essentially a re-telling of The Last Colony from—you guessed it—Zoe’s point of view, much in the same style as Ender’s Shadow.
But it’s so much more than a simple regurgitation.
Scalzi absolutely nails the teenager narration, though you’ll have to take that statement with a grain of salt seeing as how neither the author nor myself have ever been teenage girls. At least he explains this wizardry in the acknowledgements. I have no ready excuse, but if I was a teenage girl, I would probably be like Zoë.
That being said, sometimes it got a bit too teenager-y, which isn’t a criticism so much as a reflection that it didn’t particularly resonate with me being twenty-odd years old now. Much in the same way that reading Harry Potter for the first time right now wouldn’t have the same impact as when I read them as a child.
Like I said, the last few hundred pages make the whole book worthwhile, with a much bigger emotional hit when [spoiler for [book:The Last Colony|88071]](view spoiler) and of the events overall. Once you get into the swing of the book, you’ll hardly be able to put it down.
It hit home in a way I didn’t expect, so Mr. Scalzi, I offer you my sincerest and Dogeiest “wow.”