Forever Peaceby Joe Haldeman, Joe Haldeman
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... See more details below
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...
Hardworking, often absorbing, and agreeably narrated, but the hard-to-fathom plot rubs uneasily against the chaotic and not altogether convincing backdrop.
Meet the Author
Joe Haldeman is a Vietnam veteran whose classic novels The Forever War and Forever Peace both have the rare honor of winning the Hugo and Nebula Awards. He has served twice as president of the Science Fiction Writers of America and is currently an adjunct professor teaching writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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This one was just okay. I tried to like it more, but just could not. I loved The Forever War and A Seperate War, so I really tried to love this one but could not. The good: The concept of soldierboys, flyboys, and waterboys powered armor always grabs my attention. The futuristic powerplays and Central and South American AORs are even relevant today. The bad: The swapping between third person and first person narrative gets tiring after a few times. One of the best aspects of The Forever War was the first person narrative. The story just kind of ends. The build up seemed to promise more than the ending resolved. There are quite a few ethical issues with the premise. Overall, it is a good story. However, if one is looking for a sequel to The Forever War, this is not really it.
More so than any other SF author, with Forever Peace Haldeman exfoliates the human soul to its bare core. Not the most scientifically innovative, exotic, or complex SF book you will read, but certainly one that will stick with you through the years. As stylish and engaging as anything from the Pulitzer crowd, with more than enough to satisfy those of us who dream of the future.
I really enjoyed Joe Haldeman's Forever Peace and thought it did a good job illustrating the horror and guilt of war. In fact, the first half of the book is spent exploring and describing the world in which the story takes place. It is an uneven world where a massive global war is fought on one side (the western world), by remote control where there are few human casualties and on the other side (the third world), where humans are butchered daily. The plot really gets going in the second half of the book when the set up ends and the interesting discussions, science, and action begin. Once you cross over that line in the book, you can't stop reading. To boil it down, a small group of academics formulate a plan to change the world, and humanity, as we know it. Weather their plan is good or bad for humanity is open to debate but the author certainly comes down on the side of the academics. I would have liked to see more time spent exploring the 'plan' and it's ultimate ramifications on humanity if successful. I thought this was a good book and well worth the read but just can't see how it rises to the level of a Hugo award winner. It could be that I'm just spoiled reading this story in a post Matrix world where the central scientific concept of the book, jacking minds together via a socket in the back of the neck, has been thoroughly explored and therefore does not seem as fresh and brilliant to me. It was probably more ground-breaking and innovative at the time it was published. However, it was a very well written book that kept me turning the pages late into the night. Its central theory about humanity is very interesting and I recommend it to all science fiction lovers out there.