A review by its_kievan
Old Man's War by John Scalzi

adventurous dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


A very dark military sci-fi book that’s strangely uninterested in questions of morality. The main character literally commits war crimes against various aliens, and even discusses the fact that humankind has basically gone to war with every other civilization in the galaxy just because we can, but it’s kind of… shrugged away? There’s a character who’s planning to become a military leader and then end the wars, but she later dies and it’s really not discussed any further. It’s a good book, but I wish it was a bit more thoughtful. 

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