I love John Scalzi’s work and The Human Division was no exception. The Human Division is book five in the Old Man’s War series, and it follows Lieutenant Harry Wilson and the diplomatic team that he works with.
Following the events of The Last Colony, John Scalzi tells the story of the fight to maintain the unity of the human race.
The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance—an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn’t obvious or easy.
Against such possibilities, managing the survival of the Colonial Union won’t be easy, either. It will take diplomatic finesse, political cunning…and a brilliant “B Team,” centered on the resourceful Lieutenant Harry Wilson, that can be deployed to deal with the unpredictable and unexpected things the universe throws at you when you’re struggling to preserve the unity of the human race.
The first thing to note about this book is that the chapters were originally all published as separate e-books in a serial format. This book brings all of those chapters together into one unit. It doesn’t really change the flow of the story at all, but at the beginning of some of the chapters there is a bit a rehash for readers of what has happened before. It’s a wee bit irritating, but it doesn’t detract from the story at all.
This book is also a departure from the main characters that have made up the series so far – John, Jane and Zoe. Like John Scalzi said at the end of the previous book those characters deserved a happy ending and it’s good to let them be. This book like the description says is about Lieutenant Harry Wilson. Harry was in Old Man’s War. He and John were on the same ship that took their newly enlisted butts to space, and they became friends. Harry has been working a tech on a diplomatic ship, but he quickly finds out that there is more in his job description than being a technician and the fate of the universe starts to depend on him with (I’m sure for him) alarming frequency.
The book flows really well and has a good pace. It’s nice to still be in the Old Man’s War universe with some different characters. There is also a brand new plot arc in this book – or at least a twist that I definitely wasn’t expecting. I’m very excited to read the next one (the paperback version of the next books releases at the end of May!) and to see what happens with this new arc.
This is a fantastic series and one that you should definitely jump into if like science fiction or are even remotely interested in it. You will not be disappointed.