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Still good for a sequel
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2018
Luckily book sequels don’t always carry the curse of many motion picture sequels. Meaning—-they don’t necessarily have to stink up the bookcase like a bad movie sequel can stink up a theater.
Such is the case with “The Ghost Brigades.” This sequel to “Old Man’s War” delivers as a very well-written and thoughtful book. Where “Old Man’s War” looked at the issue of how human beings deal with old age and death, then “The Ghost Brigades” deals with a fundamental analysis of consciousness and freedom of choice. Pretty basic concepts, huh? But Scalzi tackles the issues in a subtext to a damn good tale, to boot.
In addition to introducing readers to new characters for them to become endeared to, Scalzi sprinkles favorites from “Old Man’s War” like the just enough salt and pepper to keep a meal interesting. Returning for a repeat performance are Harry Wilson and Jane Sagan. But now we’re introduced to a new green-skinned face in the Colonial Forces-Jared Dirac.
Grown specifically to be the physiological vehicle for the consciousness of a madmen, Dirac has to reconcile his own personality with that of the one buried in his subconscious. His journey is filled with adventure, friendships, bloody battles, decision that will shape a galaxy.
That being said, I have to point out a caveat. IF, you have not read “Old Man’s War,” you will probably get lost. I do recommend reading the books as they were written by Mr. Scalzi. The next book will make it onto my bookshelves and hopefully the review will get back out to those few folks who actually peruse my reviews.
Thanks, everyone. Read on!