Starship Troopers Author:Robert A. Heinlein Starship Troopers is a classic novel by one of science fictions greatest writers of all time and is now a Tri-Star movie. In one of Heinleins most controversial bestsellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry against mankind's most frighteni... more »ng enemy.« less
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An excellent sci-fi war novel from the viewpoint of a grunt. This novel has very little in common with the movie of the same name. This book is more akin to "Platoon" in space than anything else. The reason is because it's essentially Heinlein retelling his experiences island-hopping during WWII with a futuristic twist. One of his best books.
I have read a couple Heinlein books now. I love his writing style. Having seen the movie, I expected the book to be similar but better. This went leaps and bounds beyond my expectations! Heinlein had a lot more to say than "Kill the bugs!"
It is worth re-emphasizing that this book has almost nothing to do with the movie of the same name, other than a few of the most basic plot points. It is really primarily an exploration of military training and philosophy, with a thin veneer of science fiction. If that interests you, I think you will enjoy the book. I myself found it short on action and long on talk. I've enjoyed other Heinlein books (from his early period, such as The Puppet Masters or The Moon is a Harsh Mistress) much more.