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Ugh. What a waste of time.
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2018
If you liked Forever War, as I very much did, you're in for a nasty surprise with this terrible sequel. The book was slow, the plot was inane, and the ending made me throw up in my mouth a little.
In case you decide to read it anyway, stop here.
The book meanders through the story of a family on a dreary outpost planet after the Forever War has ended. The author never develops any of the main characters at all other than, to some extent, the narrator. The narrator unconvincingly convinces hundreds of people to drop their lives and disappear into the future with him. The author wants readers to believe that he and his wife would walk away from their kids -- maybe a bit reluctantly, but still -- mostly because they've become bored. There are long stretches that are devoid of either character or plot development. Then, about 3/4 or more of the way through the book, a never before discovered species that has "super powers" (for lack of a better term) and has been on Earth for hundreds of thousands of years is suddenly introduced. A few pages later, God enters stage right, has a little sit down with the narrator, explains all the mysteries in the book (and in the universe), and then exits stage left. Oh boy. God? Are you for real, Mr. Haldeman? This is supposed to be SCIENCE fiction, not THEIST fiction. If you dug yourself into too deep of a hole to find your way out with a compelling SCIENCE fiction explanation of events, perhaps you should have put the manuscript away for a while while you worked through the writer's block. Perhaps permanently.