Disappointing. Oh, it’s good and I liked it, but I expected better. It’s all so predictable. In fact, even the writing has a dashed-off feel. Not the sly wit and plot twists one expects of John Scalzi. No battles, no conflict (really), just lots of talking.
This novella concludes Scalzi’s great work: The End of All Things. He told us in advance that he’d grown tired of the Old Man’s War universe and would write no more in it after this. This volume lowers readers’ expectations enough that he doesn’t need to worry about popular demand. A more effective way to kill a series than Arthur Conan Doyle’s approach.
Still, it’s a good read, if a bit of a yawner.