You know what’s great about John Scalzi and the Old Man’s War series? I’ve never been disappointed with it. I know that when I pick up one of the books in the Old Man’s War series, it’s gonna be good, I’m going to love it, and I’m not going to be able to put it down until I’m done. This is all true for The End of All Things, the latest installment in the series.
Humans expanded into space…only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement…for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more.
Now the Colonial Union is living on borrowed time—a couple of decades at most, before the ranks of the Colonial Defense Forces are depleted and the struggling human colonies are vulnerable to the alien species who have been waiting for the first sign of weakness, to drive humanity to ruin. And there’s another problem: A group, lurking in the darkness of space, playing human and alien against each other—and against their own kind —for their own unknown reasons.
In this collapsing universe, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson and the Colonial Union diplomats he works with race against the clock to discover who is behind attacks on the Union and on alien races, to seek peace with a suspicious, angry Earth, and keep humanity’s union intact…or else risk oblivion, and extinction—and the end of all things.
This book, like the previous book, The Human Division is broken down into different novellas, but in the larger book format they just come across as long chapters or different parts of a whole, so it’s no big deal.
One of the things I really liked about this book was that it took (for me anyway) 2 notably different first person points of view – these two points of view were from characters who were not part of the CDF and one wasn’t even part of the CU. I really enjoyed that. It made me feel more connected with different parts of the storyline than I have before, and it more firmly entrenched the series plot line away from the “us vs. them” plot that the series started out in.
Some of your favourite characters from previous books obviously make an appearance or are stars of the show for a little while, which is always nice when you get to see what your favourite characters have been up to while you’ve been gone and time has moved along. I really like Harry and Dani – and there’s this one scene with Harry and her over breakfast that I highly enjoyed.
This book is an excellent edition to the Old Man’s War universe, and I would recommend the series to anyone. It’s so awesome. The only distressing point I had with this book is when I finished it. I realized that now I’m all caught up. There are no new books to read in this series. *sigh* It’s a hard-knocked life I tell ya.