CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has been loaned out to a CDF platoon tasked with secretly removing an unauthorized colony of humans on an alien world. Colonial Ambassador Abumwe has been ordered to participate in final negotiations with an alien race the Union hopes to make allies. Wilson and Abumwe’s missions are fated to cross—and in doing so, place both missions at risk of failure.
Author: John Scalzi
Publisher: Tor Books
Released on: January 29th 2013
Episode 3 of The Human Division digs deeper into the events of the previous episode, “Walk The Plank”, to drop a few more tidbits about what only appeared (of course) to be a random, disconnected event in a wildcat colony. As it happens, said colony is located on the alien planet inhabited by the Bula, a race with which the Colonial Union hopes to form an alliance. The fact that the illegal colonists included CU spies means that letting the unaware Bula discover its presence would mean bad things for that alliance …
As with the first episode, the events in this part of Scalzi’s latest episodic novel are tightly written and wonderfully tense, clever with the plot’s advancement without becoming too complicated or muddled to follow. This is pleasingly in keeping with the style of the previous novels set in the Old Man’s War universe, and by the episode’s end I was left wanting very badly to find out what’s next for the Union’s B-Team. I also suspect that the star of this particular “show” may turn out to be Harry Wilson (reappearing in a main-character role from the and the science-geek groupie in me very much hopes I’m right…
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