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!"
A cult classic of the Mobile Infantry of the future that emphasizes leadership and responsibility to society. Much of the novel is taken up with training as the young hero, just out of high school, joins up only because his friends do.
"Boot Camp" is like nothing he has ever experienced. Yet he survives it. Then the ""Bugs" attack Earth. The new soldier participates in several expeditions against the enemy, some victories and some defeats.
Chosen for officer training, he undergoes more extensive leadership development. I know it sounds boring, but his experiences in boot camp and officer training are two of the best parts of the book.
Then it is back to the interstellar war. It's Man against the Bugs and the survival of the human race is in the balance.
If you have seen the movie, pretend you didn't, as the book is totally different. If Heinlein were alive today, he would sue the movie company for defamation of his characters.