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Orphan's Destiny by Robert Buettner
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Sep 13, 2010

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bookshelves: military-science-fiction
Read in September, 2010

I really enjoyed the first half of the book, but felt that the last few chapters and the ending were a major letdown. The believability of the story completely collapsed for me during that sequence, as things seem to happen purely by author fiat.
Because the author seemed to be deliberately setting up for comparisons to both Starship Troopers and The Forever War, with unflattering views of both stated in the afterword, it's hard to avoid comparing this book's literary quality to those two. In the parts dealing with social responses to a devastating war, and with civilian desire to get things back to "normal" as quickly as possible, he was on solid footing, and was telling a good story.
When things went back to military action, the story just wasn't as solid, and suffered for it, especially in comparison to both of those books.
So, for me the first half of the book rated four stars, and the second half only two stars.

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