Zoe's Tale

Zoe's Tale

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How do you tell your part in the biggest tale in history?

I ask because it's what I have to do. I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player (and a pawn) in a interstellar chess match to save humanity, or to see it fall. Witness to history. Friend. Daughter. Human. Seventeen years old.

Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: How I did what I did -- how I did what I had to do -- not just to stay alive but to keep you alive, too. All of you. I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope. Everything that happened, bringing us to Earth, and Earth out of its captivity. All through my eyes.

It's a story you know. But you don't know it all.

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Publisher: New York :, Tor
Copyright Date: ♭2008
ISBN: 9781429931076
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Astraeus
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.

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Anya42
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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