Zoe's Tale

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Zoe's Tale
John Scalzi - Zoe's Tale.jpg
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
Author John Scalzi
Cover artist John Harris (artist)
Country United States
Language English
Series Old Man's War series
Genre Science fiction novel
Published 2008 (Tor Books)
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 366 pp[1]
ISBN 978-0-7653-1698-1
Preceded by The Last Colony
Followed by The Human Division

Zoe's Tale is the fourth full-length book by John Scalzi set in the Old Man's War universe.[1]

Plot synopsis[edit]

Zoe's Tale is a parallel retelling of Scalzi's third Old Man's War novel, The Last Colony, written as a first-person narrative from the viewpoint of Zoë Boutin Perry.[2] It follows up on several plot points that were underrepresented in the original novel.

Zoë is the 17-year-old adopted daughter of John Perry and Jane Sagan, two former-soldiers-turned-colonists who were the subjects of Scalzi's first book, Old Man's War.[2] Her biological father, Charles Boutin, created a device capable of giving a race of creatures, called the Obin, consciousness. The Obin worshiped him, but he was killed for being a traitor to mankind and wanting to overthrow the Colonial Union. Since Boutin gave consciousness to the Obin, his daughter Zoë became a demigod to them.[2][3] As such, she is accompanied at all times by a pair of Obin bodyguards, Hickory and Dickory, who also relay all their experiences and feelings back to the rest of the Obin.


  1. ^ a b "Zoe's Tale: An Old Man's War Novel". Powell's Books. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  2. ^ a b c "Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi". Fantasy Book Spot. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  3. ^ Scalzi, John (2008). Zoe's Tale. Tor Books. ISBN 978-0-7653-1698-1.