Slaughter House Five was overall an exciting and fun book to read as it relates science fiction to world war II era. The author, Kurt Vonnegut who was a prisoner of war as an American and witnesses the firebombing of Dresden. Although the book can be confusing at times, it requires you to re-read some paragraphs over again and put the context together from page to page.
Slaughter House Five introduces a man, Billy Pilgrim who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. Vonnegut does not show a clear plot or a conflict in the novel instead he offers the readers a view of fantasy and reality in his writing. Slaughterhouse Five came from Vonnegut's personal experiences during World War II, such as the horrors of the Dresden air raids. Everything Vonegut writes is related in someway to the bombing of Dresden.
Vonnegut also mixes in some humor in this novel to make the reader laugh and be more interested. Vonnegut quoted from his writing of this novel: "There are almost no characters in this story, and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of the people in it are so sick, and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces. One of the main effects of war, after all, is that people are discouraged from being characters..."
Overall, this was a good experience as I was impressed to see how science fiction can be related to a war time era. Even though many might enjoy this story, I do not recommend this story for everyone. Many people may be offended at Vonnegut's writing and humor remarks towards tragedies and deaths, but if you are into science fiction and you are interested in what it was like to live in a big...