Book Review – Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi

Fuzzy NationFuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jack Holloway, a disbarred lawyer, is working as a Sunstone prospector on the planet Zarathustra, when he triggers a landslide. He is immediately fired by ZaraCorp for causing this damage, however they acted too soon, as he then registers an independent claim on the huge seam the landslide uncovered. Holloway has the legal skills to make this claim stick, but has to cut ZaraCorp in for a percentage, as they have the sole access to the mining, processing and distribution chain.

However ZaraCorp’s claim to exploitation of Zarathustra relies on it being uninhabited by any sentient creatures, a state of affairs Holloway begins to question as he starts to interact with some previously undiscovered local “animals” he names fuzzies. ZaraCorp will do anything to maintain their claim on the planet, and its valuable Sunstones, leaving Holloway caught in the middle.

Fuzzy Nation is a retelling of H. Beam Piper’s story, Little Fuzzy, and is a very enjoyable read, with fleshed out characters, a well built world, and a solid David vs Goliath challenge where you can’t help but cheer for the underdog. I raced through the novel, and hope to see this on the big screen some day, it seems well designed for it.


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