Starship Troopers

Paperback, 224 pages

English language

Published March 14, 2005 by Hodder & Stoughton Paperbacks.

ISBN:
978-0-340-83793-1
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OCLC Number:
57282697

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4 stars (55 reviews)

Starship Troopers takes place in the midst of an interstellar war between the Terran Federation of Earth and the Arachnids (referred to as "The Bugs") of Klendathu. It is narrated as a series of flashbacks by Juan Rico, and is one of only a few Heinlein novels set out in this fashion. The novel opens with Rico aboard the corvette Rodger Young, about to embark on a raid against the planet of the "Skinnies," who are allies of the Arachnids. We learn that he is a cap(sule) trooper in the Terran Federation's Mobile Infantry. The raid itself, one of the few instances of actual combat in the novel, is relatively brief: the Mobile Infantry land on the planet, destroy their targets, and retreat, suffering a single casualty in the process.

The story then flashes back to Rico's graduation from high school, and his decision to sign up for Federal Service โ€ฆ

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The people who call this a glorification of fascism are incredibly one-dimensional. Heinlein does a great job of describing an alternative society in which the privileges of living within a government are tied to the duties and responsibilities of protecting it.

For those who have seen the ridiculous late-20th Century movie of the same name, this book is nothing like it. Take a leap and read this excellent story.

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