The End of All Things

The End of All Things

Book - 2015
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"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"--
Publisher: New York :, Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates book,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765376077
0765376075
1466849428
9781466849426
Characteristics: 380 pages ; 22 cm

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KateHillier Feb 23, 2016

I've been really enjoying my time in this universe and I'm really hoping that this isn't the end. If it is though, this is an ending I can live with. Things are still fraught between the Earth, the Colonial Union, and the Conclave but, as usual, things are getting worse and the title of the book is not a misnomer. Not directly anyway and not in the usual way. The book summary lets you to believe this is primarily Harry Wilson's story again and while he does feature prominently there are other stories here. Other points of view from people we wouldn't necessarily hear from. I quite enjoyed a look into the Conclave's side of things, other CDF soldiers as they put out brushfire after brushfire, and a brain in a box (not kidding and not a spoiler; it's the first sentence).

Things get worse while being believable and the teamwork, forced or otherwise, involved in reaching a goal is fantastic. The humour, of course, is still here in full swing but so are the emotions. Stakes are high, people are changed, and winning may not necessarily be winning in the way that either group hopes.

Fantastic. Has definitely earned its place as a favourite series of mine.

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adam1999
Sep 26, 2015

John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" has turned out to be one of my favourite series. The writing, dialogue, and characters are great.

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Dtrasler
Aug 06, 2015

This is the latest (and possibly the last) installment of the "Old Man's War" stories. Unusually for modern Sci-Fi, it ends on an upbeat note. Good stuff.

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