Hey, did you know that I have a new book out today? It’s called Zoe’s Tale. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it here before. You know me. All subtle like that. Nevertheless, it’s officially out in the world today, so if you happen to be near a bookstore, either in the real world or online, you should be able to find it and buy it and read it and hopefully enjoy it.
Lord knows, previous paragraph notwithstanding, that I’ve blathered enough here about the book here, so I won’t repeat myself here too much, except to say once more that I’m really proud of Zoë as a character; I think she’s one of the best I’ve ever written. I also think that that in many ways Zoe’s Tale is the best book in the entire Old Man’s War sequence, which is saying something, considering it’s the fourth book in the universe, and two of them have got Hugo nods. But there it is: The amount of work I had to do to get Zoë right is also reflected in the rest of the book as well. It’s good.
I’m also happy to say that the goal of making this a standalone novel seems to have been achieved: I’ve heard back from folks who have read the book cold, without having read the other books in the sequence, and it’s worked for them. This is good news because, as most of you know, Zoe’s Tale was written with an eye toward opening up this universe to younger readers who might have missed the other books; it’s the book I can point to when someone asks if they can give a book of mine to their daughter or nephew or whomever.
Adults aren’t going to feel excluded (everyone who I’ve heard from about the book is an adult; they all liked it just fine), it’s that I wanted to put another door into the world for a new group of folks. Hopefully they’ll walk through and explore. I have some hope that some of the folks who have been along for the ride so far will do some proselytizing, and that’s as far down the avenue of openly begging all y’all to drop the book into the hands of the teens you know as I’m going to go.
Standalone or no, it’s kind of weird to reflect on the fact that this is the fourth book in the OMW universe; we’ve covered a lot of ground (and space) in pretty short amount of time. I’ve been humbled by the number of people who have read the books so far and have asked for more. I don’t know where else I’ll be going in the OMW universe or when (as it happens, at the moment there are no additional OMW books under contract) but so far the journey has been one I have been honored to take with each of you. Thank you for taking it with me, and with John, and Jane, and now with Zoë as well.