… a rousing success, one of the best young-adult science fiction novels of the last decade, utterly contemporary in tone yet hearkening back fondly in spirit to the ground-breaking YA science fiction tales of Heinlein. In fact, it may just be the best introduction to science fiction for young readers since Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. But don’t get me wrong: this isn’t just a book for kids. Anyone who loves a suspenseful, sensitively told coming-of-age story with sparkling characterization and snappy dialogue will enjoy Zoe’s Tale.
And now, Michael Wolff, writing in the most recent Starlog:
Place Zoe’s Tale along-side Robert Heinlein’s Podkayne of Mars and Alexei Panshin’s Rite of Passage. Scalzi presents a young central character cut from the classic mold who’s caught up in not only an SF adventure, but a coming-of-age tale that will make readers of Zoe’s age nod with excited familiarity and older ones smile in remembrance.
You’ll not be surprised that both of those reviews make me very happy, but possibly not as happy as my publicist, who I imagine is at this very running about her office going “Spleee!”
Which is, of course, how she should be. Publicists should always be happy.