2043 A.D.: The Ngumi War rages. A burned-out soldier and his scientist lover discover a secret that could put the universe back to square one. And it is not terrifying. It is tempting...
This is not a sequel to 'Forever War'. The two novels are set in completely different universes. Violent conflict with the 'other' and the intense fellowship of soldiers fighting together are two of the themes both books share. As in 'Forever War', peace can only come in 'Forever Peace' when the Human Race cease to be Human.
If you want to read a good SciFi novel read 'Forever Peace'. If you want to read a great and classic SciFi novel read 'Forever War'.
Don't misunderstand me. Forever peace is well written and interisting. The first part of the book is good and promising, but after some chapters the story got lost in a silly love affair, too many characters and an unbeleivable peace proposal.
It must be note Haldeman's knowledge of the south frontier of RIO GRANDE. I think Haldeman made a good description given his origin.
There are better SF books.
getting back to 'Forever Peace'. fast forward to some 20 years on i read it after 'Forever War' which i first came across on a dark horse comic publication. this was a long time ago - about 4 years ago. so what business do i have writing a review about it now? i can talk about the impression FP had on me just like AMSR did. like drinking good hot coffee.
the message is often the same: the numbing senselessness of war on the very immediate personnal level. fighters fought because they had to. call it fate or karma. there is often no right or wrong but there are the fortunate and the unfortunate, the quick and the dead, the smart and the stupid, and caught in between the rough stuffs and the really rough stuffs is love, um, isn't it like in the office this morning? maybe not and well, i'm not a soldier but i don't have to be one to appreciate books on the subject or know what the writer is saying.
I was disappointed by what seemed Haldeman's favorable position towards the ultimate "peace." Forcible brain-washing? Come ON! It says something that I found myself agreeing w/the contemptible Ingram in that the "humanizing" procedure "takes away our humanity!" As another reviewer said, it's incredible that the biggest dissenters to the "humanizing" would be some fringe rightist religious cult. No way, man. I'd be right in there protesting too.
I thought the side premise of the Jupiter Project was intriguing; I actually found myself wishing more would be elaborated on that. Oh well.
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