Author: John Scalzi // First published: 2005 // Genre: Science Fiction
This edition: 332 pages, published in February 2011 by Tor // Get it @TheBookDepository
Read in January 2016
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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 bought this one on a whim once because it was super cheap on the Kindle store. I also knew it was one of the books listed on the NPR Top 100 SFF Books, so it was on my reading list by default if you will. I knew almost nothing about it, except for the basic premise of old people joining the military.
And oh did I enjoy this one!
Since December (bleeding through January), I haven’t been enjoying much what I am reading. I have had the urge to re-read Ender’s Game, but seeing as it’s only the start of the year and I have a million unread books I need to get to, I figured I could pick up something at least a little bit similar to it in the hopes that it would entertain me.
And it did just that. The premise of the story is really interesting, and along with the characters, you wonder what it is all about, why this “Old Man’s” army? What use are 75 year old people to the military? Etc. Speaking of them, the characters are great! John Perry is the kind of guy I like. Very funny, too. I enjoyed very much reading about his experiences within the CDF, his encounters with the rest of the recruits, and the actual army stuff. I really wasn’t sure how I would like this last part, but it is done really well and I enjoyed reading about that aspect, too.
I’m really enthusiastic about this book. I enjoyed my way through it all and now I’m curious to read more of John Scalzi’s work. I know that there are other books in the Old Man’s War series, although it seems that they all follow different sets of characters. I won’t be picking them up right away, but they’re definitely on my Amazon wishlist!