Starship Troopers is a classic, controversial sci-fi novel by Robert A. Heinlein. This story follows Rico, a soldier on Earth in the future, training to fight in humanity's war against alien insect monsters.
What I like ✅ awesome sci-fi technology (The Mobile Infantry Suit was the inspiration for all powered-armour exoskeletons) ✅ a soldier's life is accurately portrayed with months of inane tasks and a few moments of life-and-death craziness (although some may find this tedious) ✅ well-articulated ideas on government, society and democracy and interesting themes around camaraderie, sacrifice, and responsibility ✅ unexpectedly touching moments between Rico, his father, and Sergeant
What I didn't like ✖ political propaganda not-so-subtly disguised as a teacher/student dialogue ✖ pacing issues; the lectures in the book break up the plot's momentum ✖ light-on character development which translates into issues creating an emotional connection with the reader Rating 4/5 🌟 Verdict
Do you prefer classics or new books? Why?