The Ghost Brigades – John Scalzi

Now its time to learn to fight like Special Forces…

The Ghost Brigades is the next part of the Old Man’s War series. But it feels different, the universe and the characters have moved on and the universe is a more complex place. I love how the “world”-building is so gradual here, smoothly adding depth and complexity at a manageable pace.

But the story is distinct here, not just a continuation of more of the same, but taking the end point and running off with it in a different direction. The writing is strong, and there are links there to bring it back to Old Man’s War, but it stands on its own. There is of course (given the setting) more soldiers and war, but also plotting, intrigue, Science! and politics.

The moral twist in this is then just perfect, although difficult to give more details without serious spoilers!

 

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