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Mandella meets his romantic interest early on in training: a fellow trooper called Marygay Potter. The relationship grows slowly, and feels very natural; the pair fall together, and eventually stay together because they have no one else to go to.
Potter and Mandella try to retire to Earth in the middle of the book, but quickly find that no one else understands them, and so their relationship deepens further. I found it to be a very real evolution: a relationship that Mandella could probably have had with any other member of his team, but just turned out to be Potter. Haldeman has an excellent method of introducing sci-fi concepts things that have, arguably, since become tropes in a readable way.
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Haldeman introduces, and describes the science behind, these mysterious portals in a few lines. This is the final battle of the entire war, and there is a compelling sub-text here — the idea that war reduces any civilisation to a base and animal level. Although Haldeman ends the book on an ultimately uplifting note — the suggested reunion of Marygay and Mandella — the conclusion remains bitter-sweet.
Nothing Mandella has done has influenced the outcome of the war, neither as a conscripted trooper or as a commissioned officer.
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