John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife’s grave. Then he joined the army.
The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce–and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.
Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity’s resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don’t want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You’ll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You’ll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you’ll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.
John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine–and what he will become is far stranger.
Look at this synopsis. Geez. John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife’s grave. Then he joined the army. Seems legit.
No seriously, this was an amazing book that I was actually quite surprised by. I didn’t like the concepts of the Forever War, so I didn’t know how much I’d like this book, but I’m glad I took the risk.
John has created a novel that is both scary and exciting at times. Most of his characters are very intelligent and fun to get to kn0w, which always helps. He has the talent of creating flawed but engaging characters. John Scalzi’s interest in the human nature kind of shined through in this story, and that was a plus. It’s always nice to get to see another person’s point of view and why they think that way. There is a lot of insightful discussion about war in this story. There were some ideas he could’ve delved deeper into, but he didn’t. Just a head’s up, no one in this story is a pacifist.
Younger sci-fi readers may not find as much interest in this book. If they don’t, I would recommend the book below, which has some of the same concept as this story–without the space concepts, 75-year-old narrator and extremely deep thinking about war. It’s made for teenagers, so that may prove a little bit more enticing for some people.
Anyway, back to the book. On the opposite spectrum of things, I can see how some people (yes, including myself) may not get very attached to the characters themselves. Even though John Scalzi’s characters are cool, they have a certain something to them that sort of drew me away from them after a while. That was a little disappointing, as well as the fact that I think that John Scalzi liked the John Perry character a little bit too much. He always seemed to know the answer while his fellow soldiers fell to the ground dead. Other than that, I liked a lot about this book. It wouldn’t beat Ender’s Game, but then again I’ve never really found a whole lot of sci-fi based books that I liked more than Ender’s Game. 3.5 stars.
Starters by Lissa Price
Synopsis: Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.
He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .
pg count for the hardcover: 352
Series: Starters and Enders
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