The Human Division

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Macmillan, May 14, 2013 - Fiction - 431 pages
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Following the events of The Last Colony, John Scalzi tells the story of the fight to maintain the unity of the human race.

The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance—an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

Against such possibilities, managing the survival of the Colonial Union won’t be easy, either. It will take diplomatic finesse, political cunning…and a brilliant “B Team,” centered on the resourceful Lieutenant Harry Wilson, that can be deployed to deal with the unpredictable and unexpected things the universe throws at you when you’re struggling to preserve the unity of the human race.

Being published online from January to April 2013 as a three-month digital serial, The Human Division will appear as a full-length novel of the Old Man’s War universe, plus—for the first time in print—the first tale of Lieutenant Harry Wilson, and a coda that wasn’t part of the digital serialization.


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Fast paced prose, as always from Scalzi. - Goodreads
The Premise: Old Man's War Universe. - Goodreads
A lot of 'convenient' plot points and tropes. - Goodreads
Frustrated by the ending though. - Goodreads
Scalzi overall is easy to read and fun. - Goodreads
Still, it's hard to beat good writing. - Goodreads

Review: The Human Division (Old Man's War #5)

User Review  - Christian - Goodreads

This was a really good addition to the Old Man War saga giving insight into the Colonial Union after the discovery by Earth of how it's been kept in the dark. The book was told in short stories that ... Read full review

Review: The Human Division (Old Man's War #5)

User Review  - Eric Juneau - Goodreads

I really want Scalzi to branch out into new intellectual property. He did so with Redshirts, which has now won the Best Novel Hugo. But then he went back to the OMW universe with a semi-serialized e ... Read full review

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JOHN SCALZI is the author of several SF novels including his massively successful debut Old Man’s War and the New York Times bestsellers The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, and Redshirts. He is a winner of science fiction’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and he won the Hugo Award for Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, a collection of essays from his popular blog The Whatever ( He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.


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