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  • Forever Peace

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 461

War in the 21st century is fought by "soldierboys". Remote-controlled mechanical monsters, they are run by human soldiers who hard-wire their brains together to form each unit. Julian is one of these dedicated soldiers, until he inadvertently kills a young boy. Now he struggles to understand how this has changed his mind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not as good as The Forever War

  • By Noah on 08-25-10

Great, but a little odd.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I’ve read reviews that are angry that Forever Peace isn’t a proper sequel to The Forever War, but advertising sometimes misleads.

*Spoilers*

Forever Peace reads almost as if it’s set sometime during The Forever War. We know, at the end, humankind becomes Man. Forever Peace could be the first step humans took toward becoming Man. I kept the end of The Forever War in mind as I read and was satisfied with that assumption.

My only real problem with the book itself is that it feels like two short novels were shoved together to make a book. On the one hand, you have the Jupiter Project and a cult that wants to make sure it continues. On the other, you have the humanization and pacification of the world. I think both would have been better stories on their own.

In general, I really got to know and love the characters. Haldeman can usually do that to me and that’s why I have loved his writing for so long. I will probably add this book to my list that gets repeat listens.