Scalzi said this was the hardest book he ever wrote. I wish he would have given up on it.
My worries about this book were correct. Zoe's Tale was the same exact story as The Last Colony, retold by a teenage girl. A teenage girl who was with the main characters of TLC for 95% of the book, so there was nearly no new plot. The conversations were the same. Nearly everything was the same, just with 1000 times more sassy teenage girl.
I hated the main character so much. She was ~sassy~. She was ~sarcastic~. She was ~special~. She was ~perfect~. She literally had an entire planet of people who worshiped her. Worse than that, she had almost no original plot.
The maybe 5% new material in the book was good (though I suspect it was a lot less than 5%). The rest of the book was boring. It was the same book as TLC, told by a ~sassy~ teenage girl. That was NOT an improvement.
Waste of a book. I'm very disappointed. I loved Scalzi's other books so much, but I nearly stopped reading this one multiple times.