The Human Division

The Human Division

Book - 2014
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Lieutenant Harry Wilson counters hostile alien forces, angry humans, and unpredictable elements from the universe in order to protect the interests of the Colonial Union.

McMillan Palgrave

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.

Old Man's War Series
#1 Old Man’s War
#2 The Ghost Brigades
#3 The Last Colony
#4 Zoe’s Tale
#5 The Human Division
#6 The End of All Things
Short fiction: “After the Coup”

Other Tor Books
The Android’s Dream
Agent to the Stars
Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded
Fuzzy Nation
Lock In
The Collapsing Empire (forthcoming)

Publisher: New York : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2014.
ISBN: 9780765369550
Characteristics: xiii, 493 pages ; 18 cm.


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Mar 11, 2019

Back to form. Stories are unpredictable, humorous, and ingenious, and all within the Old Man's War framework (this is the fifth book). Easy reading, and relatively seamless,
although the chapters were published as independent stories years ago.

Feb 10, 2019

Occasionally hard to follow the flow of the individual novellas as they link together more background on the ending of the Old Mens narrative. Enjoyable but probably not necessary.

Oct 10, 2018

This "novel" is composed of separate e-chapters, and it shows by being somewhat disjointed. It also builds tension throughout over a horrible question and then leaves the reader hanging. (I blame the publisher for this.) Very much not recommended.

Mar 07, 2017

B-team thrust into A-team role thanks to latter assassination by unknown parties.
In other worlds, redshirts take over Captain Kirk's job.
Not surprising if author wrote Redshirts.
Chuckled at hot mess grey diplomatic missions to cover CDF's relative weakness.
Author must be chagrined that certain baseball team won the World series in early 21st century instead of 23rd in book.

KateHillier Jan 31, 2016

Without getting too much into spoilers for the previous books I will say this: the Colonial Defence Forces is now in a position where it has to rely a lot more on diplomacy than it used to in the two years since the last book. It's new territory for a lot of the CDF.Enter the B-team.

When a group of diplomatic team members, plus CDF member Harry Wilson (one of the Old Farts from Old Man's War), manage to solve a problem despite every reason for it not to have worked the Powers that Be continue to use them and not let them know the importance of what they're doing.

It's awesome to see these people work together despite their background and opinions on each other. Scalzi's humour continues to be the hallmark of the series despite the ridiculous missions they find themselves on and very sobering circumstances that the CDF, and humanity face. I also like how we get a look at relations between Earth and the CDF, the CDF and the Conclave, and a bunch of other groups and how complicated all of those are. It's not a clear cut issue. There are no real heroes and villains in some cases and it's overall very politically interesting as much as the antics are awesome.

Jun 30, 2015

Loved it! The audio version was a lot of fun.

ohiobogy Dec 07, 2014

Another in the "Old Man's War" series, this book stars Harry Wilson, one of John Perry's companions in the first book. It's a great tale of diplomatic and spycraft intrigue, and introduces some great new alien characters as well.

As usual, a good, fast read interspersed with wry humor.

Sep 04, 2014

Really cool book, adding to the Old Man's War universe. I was a little confused at the beginning, having forgotten most of the events that occurred in the last book, but once I was reminded of the situation, "The Human Division" began to make sense. Compared to some of John Scalzi's other stuff, it's quite lighthearted, maybe even too much so. There's so much humor contained in such a seemingly small book, (its not small) that I sometimes forgot that people can still die. Opinion only, I was overwhelmed by the sarcasm and puns, and towards the end became irritated towards Scalzi's annoyingly consistent humor throughout the entire book and characters.

Aug 07, 2014

In The Human Division John Scalzi returns to the Old Man’s War universe with a collection of short stories that combine to make a novel. Unseen agents, perhaps from within either the Colonial Union or the rival Conclave, are fomenting distrust between the Colonial Union, the Conclave, and Earth. The Colonial Union’s diplomatic B team is thrown in to solve the problems which build to a crescendo in the last instalment. The ending guarantees a sequel.

Oct 26, 2013

Very entertaining. Wilson and Schmidt are are a funny duo.

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