paperback, 320 pages

English language

Published Dec. 27, 2005 by Tor Books.

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4 stars (6 reviews)

John Scalzi channels Robert Heinlein (including a wry sense of humor) in a novel about a future Earth engaged in an interstellar war against more advanced species. Citizens volunteer for the Colonial Defense Forces after retirement, in exchange for which they have their consciousness transferred into a young body, cloned from their DNA but enhanced. If, against the odds, they survive two years of combat (or 10 years if things aren't going well, which they're not), they get another body and enjoy a fresh start on a colony. This is Scalzi's first novel, and it creates a future he will revisit in subsequent stories.

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife’s grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce—and alien races …

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5 stars

Tras leer un par de novelas del autor me animé con esta saga y no defrauda. Muy al estilo de Starship Troopers, tocando temas interesantes como la colonización o qué nos hace humanos cuando podemos transferir nuestra consciencia o mejorar nuestro cuerpo y mente a través de genética y tecnología. Como en otras obras, el estilo de Scalzi es muy divertido y fácil de leer incluso en inglés.