Oh, what a fantastic book I read this week! I just took a chance on it when I saw it on our Library’s ebook system and am so pleased that it paid off.
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (Old Man’s War #01), was such a great find. I was just wandering through the ebook catalogue, as you do, and was intrigued by the blurb:
With his wife dead and buried, and life nearly over at 75, John Perry takes the only logical course of action left: he joins the army. Now better known as the Colonial Defense Force (CDF), Perry’s service-of-choice has extended its reach into interstellar space to pave the way for human colonization of other planets while fending off marauding aliens.
The CDF has a trick up its sleeve that makes enlistment especially enticing for seniors: the promise of restoring their youth. After bonding with a group of fellow recruits who dub their clique the Old Farts, Perry finds himself in a new body crafted from his original DNA and upgraded for battle, including a brain-implanted computer. But all too quickly the Old Farts are separated, and Perry must fight for his life on various alien-infested battlegrounds.
I was probably feeling like an “Old Fart” when I chose the book! Anyway, this is the response that I put on Goodreads:
I really enjoyed this book! Maybe because I am getting old and very ill, the idea of living as a refreshed, fit and gorgeous younger version really appealed to me. I could definitely do with a new, fitter body. Mind you, the downside of having to use it to fight aliens does not appeal.
It’s hard to do this book justice with a review, because it would be a shame to give too much away. The first half of the book definitely deserves the full five points; the second half slightly fewer, perhaps. But the whole thing has now joined my list of favourites, mainly for the humour. In these difficult times for the whole of humanity, humour will help us to cope.
I gather from reading other reviews on here that there are other matters to discuss about the book – if you are au fait with the wider genre of Science Fiction then, perhaps, you know all about this. I don’t as I am a simple fan of SF but not very knowledgeable. All I can say is that I have immediately found the sequel on our Library’s ebook catalogue and will soon be reading it!
Well, I might not read it straight away because I haven’t decided which book to tackle next! You can find out in next week’s Reading Roundup. In the present circumstances, thank goodness for ebooks!
Happy Reading to you all!
Love and best wishes,