Starship Troopers

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Starship Troopers (1987, Turtleback)

library binding, 352 pages

Published May 15, 1987 by Turtleback.

ISBN:
9780785787280

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4 stars (18 reviews)

4 editions

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5 stars

This is one the best of Heinlein's novels, though not without some characteristic problems. In a future world there has been a devastating war, and afterwards the military-dominated government takes hold. This government has set a requirement that in order to vote you have to have previously done some kind of Federal Service, usually military, though while you are in the service you cannot vote. This society finds itself in a war with an alien race of Arachnids (usually called the "bugs"), and it looks like this is going to be a war of extermination. The book is a bildungsroman, or "coming-of-age story" of Juan Rico, is presented in the book as being of Filipino heritage. Rico tells his story beginning with his Basic Training, but also with frequent flashbacks to his History and Moral Philosophy class in high school. This required course must always be taught by a …

Review of 'Starship Troopers' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I've never before tried reading Starship Troopers. I think that's mostly because of my memories of the bad movie adaptation. I'm sorry that I let it go so long. I loved the book, possibly because it was much better than I had expected when I started it. Because of it and a couple of Heinlein's other novels I've read, I'm now wanting to dive in and read more of his work.

I am having a hard time deciding on a rating. I've been going back and forth in my mind between 4 and 5 stars. I didn't enjoy it quite a much as some other books that I've given 5 stars, but it seems to deserve more than 4.

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