Zoe's Tale

Zoe's Tale

Book - 2009
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A seventeen-year-old colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world recounts how she became a pawn in a dangerous interstellar confrontation during which she was forced to use her wits and make terrible sacrifices in order to save the human race.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2009, c2008
Edition: 1st mass market ed
ISBN: 9780765356192
Branch Call Number: SF Scal (paper)
Characteristics: 406 p. ; 18 cm


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Oct 27, 2019

Great story, loved how this was a rewrite of a previous story from a different character's perspective...with a lot added that was not in the "original".
This really showed that there can be multiple views of the same events...just like in real-life!

Jan 26, 2019

Author is very good at presenting the world from a teen viewpoint-even if this is a very unusual teen. How did any of us survive those years? Zoe will appear again I would wager, she is after all the owner of a very formidable "pet".

Mar 31, 2018

Somehow I did not pick up on Zoe's Tale being a rewrite of The Last Colony and so was confused thoughout about whether I had read it before. Shame on Scalzi, rewriting a story and presenting it like a new. Interesting fast read, though, and the author says he did his research on how a fifteen-year old girl feels and thinks. But, in the end, not the best use of my time.

Two point five stars.

Feb 01, 2018

"The Last Colony" from John and Jane Perry's daughter's POV. Well told and exciting.

Mar 06, 2016

This book is essentially "The Last Colony" (the previous book in this series) told from another character's point of view. However, it reads more like a Young Adult fiction book as opposed to the previous books in this series, which focused on politics, science fiction and action. It's not necessarily a bad book, but it doesn't have the same appeal as the previous entries, since much of the plot (and the conclusion) are already known to the reader. Therefore, you may wish to skip this book and head straight to the next book in the series "The Human Division" which restores the series to its original genre.

KateHillier Jan 07, 2016

You would think this would be a bit of a filler book, being it is a retelling of the previous book "The Last Colony." The winning factor here is the point of view is Zoe's and considering her unique position in the politics of The Colonial Union. Also, Zoe has a real winning personality. Even when she's being a teenager she's still loveable and you see her learn from her missteps. Especially interesting is Zoe's relationship with her Obin companions, Hickory and Dickory, and how she relates to the race as a whole as either a minor goddess or a favoured reality TV star depending on how you think of it.

Do you need to read this? Probably not but you're missing out for sure if you skip it

JeremiahSutherland Dec 22, 2012

This is entirely too cutesy in the Robert Heinlein style. Think Podkayne of Mars and anything after Stranger in a Strange Land. Facile and folksy.

Oct 06, 2011

Although this is a parallel story meant to fit in with some other books in a series, it was a very satisfying stand-alone.

The story is told by teenager Zoe, with wit and humour. In spite of the rather grand scope of her experiences, the telling of it all remains intensely personal.

Zoe's Tale reminded me somewhat of Podkayne of Mars--if Heinlein had only written Podkayne as a fully developed character (as Scalzi did with Zoe), or had a clue how teenage girls think (as Scalzi clearly does).

I'll definitely be checking out more books by this author.


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