Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
Jack is an independent contractor for Zara Corp. He scouts out locations for it to basically strip mine valuable resources from uninhabited planets. He gets caught up in a case when he discovers a species (the Fuzzies) which may be sentient on his current planet. If the Fuzzies are sentient, Zara Corp can no longer mine resources anymore from this planet anymore.
This is a reboot of a different novel Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper, which I confess to not have read so this won't be a comparison review. I really like what Scalzi has done here. There is a lot of courtroom reparte that goes on, and I, at least, really enjoyed it (possibly because it was similar to political maneuvering).
Jack is kind of hard to pin down as a character, and I wasn't always sure of his motivations, which I kind of liked. It wasn't that he waffled around a lot, but it wasn't necessarily clear why he was doing certain things. The Fuzzies of course were a lot of fun to read.
The tone of the book was very Scalzi with wittiness and light moments although grounded in a lot of very believable science fiction. I think this will please a lot of Scalzi fans as well as non-fans as well.
Star Rating: 4.5/5.0
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