Earth Below, Sky Above (The Human Division #13)

At last, the Earth and the Colonial Union have begun formal discussions about their relationship in the future—a chance for the divisions in humanity to be repaired. The diplomats and crew of the Clarke are on hand to help with the process, including Ambassador Ode Abumwe and CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson, both of whom were born on Earth. But not everyone wants The Human Division to be repaired…and they will go to great lengths to make sure it isn’t.

Edition: Kindle
Publisher: Tor Books

Image source: Goodreads

Before I say anything else about this, the final episode of Tor and John Scalzi’s self-proclaimed ‘experiment’ of a serialised novel, I will say this – thank heavens it’s not over yet! Yes, there is apparently going to be another ‘season’ of The Human Division – you can find the details over here. So, with that in mind, I’ll be having that huge sigh of relief now.

Because, wow. What a way to end this season. Luckily for my fragile little geek heart, I heard the news about season two before I got around to reading the finale yesterday – if I had gone into it believing that This Was The End, I might have cried. As it stands, I say again what I said on Twitter last night: Scalzi is not a bastard. This time!

I say ‘this time’ because of that ending. It was literally explosive, which pleased me to no end, and leaves just about everything in an uproar, which also pleases me because it means I still get to speculate and reread and pick apart all the mystery and possible motives and shadowy goings-on until season two is underway and when will that be happening dear god I want more before I [BREAK FOR BREATH]

Ahem. It was very good. Yes. [Puts down paper bag] Now where was I?

Ah, yes – the characters. Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster [SPOILER ALERT] the B-Team is intact! My favourite characters from these episodes will be back, and seemingly better (and presumably snarkier) than ever. 
Note: Seriously, I loved the snark and banter. I fully expect more.

Okay, a little overview … As an experiment in serialised novels, I’d call this one a success. Scalzi adapts to this style incredibly well, and keeps all of the trademark wit and snappy pace of his more traditional novels, which I’m glad to see – my general (mild!) misgivings about ‘filler’ episodes aside, I love the Old Man’s War universe and I’ve loved being able to return to it. As for coming back to it for season two – sign me up now. Seriously. I can’t wait.

This review was brought to you from The Edge Of My Seat, and was sponsored by Wildly Flailing Geek Arms.

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