Joe Haldeman's The Forever War goes beyond depicting a gritty and unforgiving space war; it puts you in the head of a man, a soldier, torn between worlds and time. It's ambitious and dedicated and not too long. In many ways, it feels like two different novels - maybe three. Regular people, who love and hate and get bored, thrown into the unknown and the deadly. One of, it not the best, science fiction work I've ever read. What happens when the world moves on without you?
Private William Mandella is a hero in spite of himself--a reluctant conscript drafted into an elite military unit. He never wanted to go to war, but the leaders on Earth have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that their fierce alien enemy is unknowable, unconquerable, and very far away.