Forever Free

Forever Free

Book - 1999
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"A veteran of The Forever War, William Mandella has since settled on a planet set aside for his kind. Married with two children, he makes his living on the snow-covered world ice fishing and teaching physics. But Mandella, his family, and his way of life have become obsolete. The denizens of Earth have evolved into a group consciousness known simply as Man, and they have taken control of Mandella's new home. Humans are considered dangerous because of their independent natures, though they are kept safe for the sake of their diverse gene pool." "That's now how Mandella and his fellow soldiers want to exist. In a desperate gamble, he rallies the humans to hijack the spaceship Time Warp and take to the stars to begin humanity anew. Then something goes wrong. The crew is forced to abandon ship and return home in suspended animation twenty-five years later. But the planet has aged centuries during their interstellar voyage - and the crew wonders what new world awaits them upon arrival..."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : ACE Books, 1999.
ISBN: 9780441006977
0441006973
Branch Call Number: Hal
Characteristics: 277 p.

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theorbys Jun 11, 2013

Haldeman writes well enough that if you want a little escape sci fi then this is OK. *** MILD SPOILER *** But it is a PURE deus ex machina plot a la late 50s or 60s where the final 10 pages surprise you with the deus from the machine (although not literally a machine in this case). My ancient memories of the Forever War are that it was rather gripping and interesting, not this, but it's OK.

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LazyNeko
Jun 05, 2012

Starts out as a good sci-fi adventure/mystery but the literal deus ex machina-- and it talks!-- ruins the very end. It's like the author couldn't think up a way to resolve the mystery.

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mcdillj
Feb 13, 2010

Incredibly disappointing "deus ex machina" ending which makes no sense whatsoever and really spoils the entire book, in my opinion. It doesn't live up to "The Forever War."

"The Accidental Time Machine" had a similarly disappointing contrived ending.

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LazyNeko
Jun 05, 2012

Twenty years later, that was still central to me: the present is a comforting illusion, and although life persists, any one life is just a breath in the wind.

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