The End of All Things by John Scalzi
Release Date: August, 2015
Humans expanded into space…only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement…for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more.
Now the Colonial Union is living on borrowed time–a couple of decades at most, before the ranks of the Colonial Defense Forces are depleted and the struggling human colonies are vulnerable to the alien species who have been waiting for the first sign of weakness, to drive humanity to ruin. And there’s another problem: A group, lurking in the darkness of space, playing human and alien against each other–and against their own kind –for their own unknown reasons.
In this collapsing universe, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson and the Colonial Union diplomats he works with race against the clock to discover who is behind attacks on the Union and on alien races, to seek peace with a suspicious, angry Earth, and keep humanity’s union intact…or else risk oblivion, and extinction–and the end of all things.
The first five chapters (about 106 pages) were released on NetGalley as a ‘read now’ preview, the sixth book in the Old Man’s War series (which I haven’t started reading yet…oops!) which seems to be the last book in the series. It’s broken up into segments which is quite a different style to most novels around – the first part being almost a memoir of a ship, ending and then the next section utterly different, and so on.
Overall this is a bit too hard to jump into if you haven’t read the previous novels, but it is good enough to get you wanting to read the previous books so the preview does its bit.