Hugo and Nebula Award winner Joe Haldeman ranks among the greatest science fiction authors to ever live. This thrilling entry from his Marsbound saga finds the mysterious alien Others prohibiting humans from space travel by destroying Earth’s fleet of starships in a display of unimaginable power. But Carmen Dula, the first human to encounter the Others, is determined to find a way to reclaim the future that has been stolen from humankind.
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Do yourself a favor and skip this conclusion
If you think the zombie Apocalypse would be fun - but without the zombies - then this book is for you.
The author could have made this a proper conclusion by putting the science back with the fiction. I read this series because of my fascination with the question : "If we made a starship - what would happen next?" Relativity in the real world is interesting. Real life, everyday problems with colonizing space is fascinating. This story is a standard Mad Max earth story. In fact - by removing the aliens from the book and you stil have a novel about the collapse of society and its aftermath. Perhaps interesting - but not what I signed up for and certainly not an ending to a trilogy about interstellar travel.
The Epilogue - which contained the first bit of science fiction in the entire book. This 3 minute summary outclassed the rest of the book.
I would not have released this book as an ending to the saga. Change the character names, remove the aliens and make it a Mad Max style book.
Those who liked the first 2 entries in the series - don't bother with this one. Close your eyes and use your imagination to conclude the series. Anything you come up with will far exceed what the author produced.
The final book in the trilogy did not disappoint
I actually read the print version AND listened to the audio version and enjoyed them both for different reasons. This was very well done.
Can't tell what it was without giving away an important part of the story, but yes, there are several.
My favorite audio book of the trilogy is Starbound. There are three different narrators and they really brought the book to life. I'm always sad to read the last book in a series, as was the case with this one. Excellent tale and commentary on society.
- Gina A. Emory