The Last Colony
by John Scalzi
John Perry continues as the main protagonist from his role in Old Man’s War and The Ghost Brigades. Now he is mustered out with his new wife, an ex-Special Forces trooper. An ex- in other things also. The CU, Colonial Union, has been ultimatum-ed by the Conclave. Unless they join they will never be allowed to settle another colony. In true keeping the bad news from the citizenry traditions the CU has not spread this word and is rather going to seed another Colony with John and his wife…wait for it…Jane as the administrators. Anyone who knows anything about how the US colonization went should have sensed something up when the powers that be decided to name the new colony Roanoke.
Anyway, wrong world, standing, encountering unexpected sentient yet vicious life and being used as bait to shape Galactic Events are just some of the things pulled off in this work with sarcasm and Tale Twisting. A thoroughly enjoyable story. I recommend listening to All three sequentially to get full enjoyment. The only thing I wish about this is that the stories were paired together. 9 hours and change is almost a short story in the world of audiobooks. Nevertheless I give this four out five for narration and story. Enjoy!
by Natalie Gibson
Tara Kay Woods lives in a trailer near a dilapidated family house in Texas. She works as a waitress who probably has put me off eating at any country diners for a bit and ‘moon-lights’ as a stripper-lap dancer on the county line where all that is shady belongs in the eyes of the locals. The opening scene of the protagonist in a drug induced haze running naked into her beloved garden attempting to escape being friend gang banged is an indicator as to how the book flows.
The descriptive writing including the erotic scenes were well done. There are times when misused words occurred and the editing needs another pass. As this is the fourth book in the series I imagine it to be too late to roll back and stick a bar of soap in Tara Kay’s mouth to prevent her from sounding like Dexter’s sister.
I enjoyed the read and I will give it a three out of four arbitrary units.
By Rebecca Gober & Courtney Nuckels
There is a super virus running amok on Planet Earth and those uninfected are allowed to enter FEMA shelters if they win the lottery. Willow is the sixteen year old protagonist who, with her friends, discover they have super human powers and the plot deepens as they begin to unravel conspiracy.
The authors have done an excellent job of spinning a YA science fiction dystopian romance story.