The Human Division (Episode 2) – Walk The Plank by John Scalzi [Review]

Walk The Plank


  • Title: The Human Division – Walk The Plank
  • Author: John Scalzi
  • Publisher: Tor
  • ISBN: 9781466830523


Well, this was a change of direction… Episode 2 is almost entirely dialogue.

Walk the Plank is one of the shorter episodes, so it’s quite difficult to talk about the plot without giving too much away, but I’ll do my best… It takes place mostly in a single hospital room, somewhere on an illegal wildcat colony, and features the colony leader, a doctor, and a seriously injured patient, who has just escaped a pirate attack on the ship he was on.

It may seem like not a lot is revealed for the fuller story of The Human Division, but I suspect that as we get to read more of the episodes, some of the details in Walk the Plank, will prove to be significant, not least what we don’t see in the patients story. The circumstances, political and social that lead to the attach he was caught up in.

Not quite as accessible as, The B Team, but an interesting instalment, nonetheless.

The second episode of The Human Division, John Scalzi’s new thirteen-episode novel in the world of his bestselling Old Man’s War. Beginning on January 15, 2013, a new episode of The Human Division will appear in e-book form every Tuesday.

Wildcat colonies are illegal, unauthorized and secret—so when an injured stranger shows up at the wildcat colony New Seattle, the colony leaders are understandably suspicious of who he is and what he represents. His story of how he’s come to their colony is shocking, surprising, and might have bigger consequences than anyone could have expected.

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Buy: The Human Division – Walk The Plank by John Scalzi

2 thoughts on “The Human Division (Episode 2) – Walk The Plank by John Scalzi [Review]

  • January 29 at 2:47 pm

    This one is definitely a story that needs to be read AFTER The B-Team as it is a bit less accessible. But the good faith garnered by the excellent opening episode lets the readers know that this one will pay off with some really good stuff down the line. And that payoff started already today. We Only Need the Heads is….well, “damn!” was my one-word assessment. Good stuff.

    This is so much fun to draw it out this way and yet this morning I was once again aching for a fast forward button so that I can get next week’s episode NOW!

    • January 29 at 8:23 pm

      I just started We Only Need The Heads, on the bus tonight and only a short way in, I can see signs of the pay off…

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