In Robert A. Heinlein’s controversial Hugo Award-winning bestseller, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the Universe—and into battle against mankind’s most alarming enemy...
Johnnie Rico never really intended to join up—and definitely not the infantry. But now that he’s in the thick of it, trying to get through combat training harder than anything he could have imagined, he knows everyone in his unit is one bad move away from buying the farm in the interstellar war the Terran Federation is waging against the Arachnids.
Because everyone in the Mobile Infantry fights. And if the training doesn’t kill you, the Bugs are more than ready to finish the job...
“A classic…If you want a great military adventure, this one is for you.”—All SciFi
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Robert A. Heinlein’s controversial 1959 space war epic casts an eye to the future of combat; its soldiers in powered armor traversing the stars sound like an eventual outcome of advances in drone technology. That said, Starship Troopers is very much a product of its conservative Cold War times, expressing fear of communism and liberal values while promoting a military elite and capital punishment. But much like the campy 1997 movie adaptation—in which director Paul Verhoeven satirized the novel’s hard-right elements by making them absurdly comical—this science fiction classic is a blast to read no matter your political leanings.
The movie is terrible. This book is amazing, and Is the closest thing to what real military life is like.
Not a militaristic apologia
The most controversial of RAH writings. A glimpse of a utopian human civilization played off against an insect-like totalitarian species, this is an exploration of military virtues in a free society. As in the best Heinlein, centered around a clever bit of technology, with clever dialog and a growth to maturity of a juvenile character.