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Zoe

par John Scalzi

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Zoë Boutin-Perry travels to the fledgling colony world of Roanoke with her adoptive parents, John Perry and Jane Sagan, who have accepted positions as administrators. When her biological father develops the technology to give the Obin consciousness and self-awareness, she suddenly becomes the center of a critical but endangered treaty between the Obin and the Colonial Union.… (plus d'informations)
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    Trames par Iain M. Banks (grizzly.anderson)
    grizzly.anderson: In many many ways these are VERY different books, but in Zoe's quest to find a weapon/tool/solution to keep her colony from being wiped out, and her interaction with the Consu, I kept flashing to searches and wars among the various peoples and levels of the shell world in Matter.… (plus d'informations)
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    Jumping Off The Planet par David Gerrold (goodiegoodie)
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    Child of Earth (The Sea of Grass Trilogy) par David Gerrold (goodiegoodie)
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In a nutshell, Zoe's Tale is The Last Colony told from Zoe's point of view.

It definitely has a different feel to it than the rest of the Old Man's War books, matching the idea that it was written by a teenage girl (having never been one, I can't guarantee the accuracy, but it worked for me).

(Obin: “it,” not “he” or “she.” Because they’re hermaphrodites. That means male and female sex organs. Go ahead and have your giggle. I’ll wait. Okay, done? Good.)

On top of that, you do actually get a pretty decent chunk of storyline that John and Jane never saw--Zoe's pretty sneaky when you get down to it. Honestly, it strains belief how much she gets away, but in my headcanon... Jane totally knew at least some of it. Works out.

Other than that, Zoe's Tale has the same problem just about every 'the same story from a different POV' has: we already know how things are going to go. It's hard to have anything that's both surprising but still fit with how we know things have to go. That doesn't make it bad by itself--I really enjoyed Ender's Shadow for one--but it does have to work harder. And Zoe's Tale doesn't quite make it.

Unless you're a completionist, you really could skip Zoe's Tale and just be done with The Last Colony. Not a bad book. Just not necessary. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Somehow I managed to start reading this without even glancing at any of the cover blurbs, so at first I didn't realize this novel was set in the world of [b:Old Man's War|51964|Old Man's War|John Scalzi|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1346671475s/51964.jpg|50700]. In fact, it's apparently a retelling, from a different perspective, of the third book in that series (of which I've only read the first so far). As it turns out, that didn't matter at all.

This is a great story of interstellar colonization, politics, and war, narrated by a smart and snarky teenaged girl. It is, by turns, gripping, moving, and laugh-out-loud funny. At first I thought this is a YA book; maybe it is, but if so, it's a very *smart* YA book, like some of Heinlein's best.

Apparently that third book had some problems for a number of people, because the events described here were in the author's head, but not laid out for readers. That's not a problem here; everything hangs together, even without the context of the series. A few bits might have more resonance if you're familiar with the other books, but it seem to me that it stands up just fine on its own.

Now I'm going to make sure that the other books are on my to-read shelf. ( )
  JohnNienart | Jul 11, 2021 |
The last colony from Zoe's POV ( )
  jercox | Jun 2, 2021 |
Scalzi admits that this book arose from complaints about two plot holes in the previous volume of the series, giving us the same story from the perspective of the former protagonist's daughter. Initially this is boring because, despite a convincingly different (i.e. teenage girl's as opposed to her 90 year old father's) voice, the events described are just recapitulation. Fortunately, we fairly quickly move to significant events that we had no knowledge of from the prior book and the two major gaps in the story as told in the previous tale are well and truly filled in and we learn some more about the over-arching galactic political situation and the history of same.

If you liked the previous entries in the series you'll probably like this, as long as you get past the overly long start which adds nothing new. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
I've been a big fan of Scalzi ever since Old Man's War, but I was slightly worried that Zoe's Tale would be a some milking of The Last Colony, which is a POV change of that novel. I'm not entirely certain it was necessary, except for the fact that it develops what might have been a serious dues ex machina event and makes everything hunky-dory. It may sound as if I didn't like the novel, but that's plainly untrue. This was an excellent YA novel, and I have to admit I love the concept of an intelligent alien race without self-consciousness. The whole novel was solid and Zoe always had a strong voice. Even better, I never thought she was overblown or annoying or perfect. Well, for me, that's high praise for a YA heroine.
I will freely admit that I liked the first two novels best, but I see why this one was nominated for Hugo. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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I wondered if it was very realistic to have a heroine that young be so clever and observant while spouting off with Scalzi's trademark sarcasm. Some readers might think that a brilliant and resourceful young Messiah of an alien race who Saves the Day with blatant Deus ex Machina has it a bit too easy. But Zoë's Tale isn't really about the clash of mighty empires or rescuing loved ones from monsters, exciting as those parts are — it's about Zoë. It's about that time in our lives after we've come to grips with how the world sees us but we are still not sure how we see ourselves. It's not about what you are, but finding out who you are. This whip-smart, often funny, and deeply moving novel portrays that journey of self-discovery to the satisfaction of adults young or otherwise.
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Zoë Boutin-Perry travels to the fledgling colony world of Roanoke with her adoptive parents, John Perry and Jane Sagan, who have accepted positions as administrators. When her biological father develops the technology to give the Obin consciousness and self-awareness, she suddenly becomes the center of a critical but endangered treaty between the Obin and the Colonial Union.

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