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This is a followup to Haldeman's earlier books: Marsbound and Starbound. However, there is no resolution to the dilemma set up in the earlier books. The description of the book here at Audible hinted that there would be a solution but we are left hanging. Carmen does not "find a way to reclaim the future that has been stolen from humankind." Perhaps Haldeman is writing a fourth book. Hope so. His writing and ideas are superior as always. Good reader also.
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
If you think the zombie Apocalypse would be fun - but without the zombies - then this book is for you.
What could Joe Haldeman have done to make this a more enjoyable book 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.
Which scene was your favorite?
The Epilogue - which contained the first bit of science fiction in the entire book. This 3 minute summary outclassed the rest of the book.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Earthbound?
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.
Any additional comments?
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.