Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (Spoiler free)



Title: Old Man’s War

Author: John Scalzi

Genre: Sci- Fi, Military

Publisher: Heyne

Date of Publication: 08.08.2016 (New edition)


John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife’s grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce– and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity’s resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don’t want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You’ll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You’ll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you’ll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine–and what he will become is far stranger.

(via goodreads)


The book is a humorous adventure into the world of military sci-fi.
I absolutely loved the first 100 pages. The world building was on point and I was excited to witness more of the futuristic earth.
However, the book was specked with chapters with too much dialogue, which made the whole process of reading a lot more tiresome and stiff. It is in no way a reason to not read this book.
The second half of the book was a butchering of aliens and humans alike. I miss the development of the characters, which happened only in the beginning of the book. Up to this day I ask myself why they only use foot soldiers as means to ward off all enemies.
Perry and his companions were funny and often made me laugh. I did not feel like they were 75. To me it felt like they were my age and not more than 50 years older.
The book was filled with clichés, good and bad alike, and I often had to laugh out loud.
There were many similarities to Heinlein`s Starship Trooper, but it was an enjoyable read. Scalzi picked up a few interesting philosophical problems, which are still filling my mind. Due to spoilers I will not discuss them any further.
I recommend this book to sci-fi-lovers who have no problems with reading blood-filled books.
Thanks to Heyne for sending me the german edition of this book for review.

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