Ghost Brigades and The Last Colony
Well, I finished the next book in the series and am rapidly approaching the end of the last one.
Well, Scalzi improved on some of the flaws in the first novel. The series is set in even more of a dystopia than I’d thought. Details will be refrained from as to avoid spoilers, but the overall scenario isn’t what it was presented as being. It’s still fairly implausible, but given that this section of the galaxy seems to be ruled by a Shadow-equivalent, possibly explicable within the bounds of the tale.
It’s not at all clear to me that a species that evolved from social insects and structures its society according to the expected principles would care much about threats to offspring. The point was necessary in terms of what Scalzi was setting up, but I don’t think it’s plausible on its own.