Genre: military science fiction
Length: 314 pages
Setting: far future Earth and off planet colonies
Interest: I read his blog and enjoy his writing, so I figured it was time to read one of his books as well. This is the first in a series so it was a good place to start.
Summary: John Perry joined the Colonial Defense Forces on his 75th birthday, as many 75 year-olds do. The CDF turns these old people into soldiers by transferring their consciousness into new and improved bodies. John goes through basic training with some friends he met on the transport to the base. He is then assigned to a platoon to fight aliens and nearly dies in the battle of Coral. He is rescued by Special Forces, including someone who looks like his dead wife. He then fights with the Special Forces to retake Coral, which gives him special status as being the only realborn ever to fight with Special Forces (or the Ghost Brigade, as they are colloquially known).
Final thoughts: A good military sci-fi book. The cover compares the book to Heinlein, and I definitely see the connection, especially to Starship Troopers. Scalzi presents an interesting concept to set up an army since you can only join from the U.S. if you’re 75, and once you join the CDF you’re considered legally dead on Earth and can never go back. However, it’s the only way to get off planet if you’re from the U.S. Nothing too deep, but a lot of fun to read and definitely worth checking out the others in the series.
Title comes from: The main character is an old man put in a young person’s body and sent to fight any war the CDF sees as important.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 89/100 in the Read-a-Latte Challenge, and an S in my A-Z Reading Challenge author challenge (16/26)
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