Review: Robert A. Heinlein - Starship Troopers

As a kid, I was a huge fan of Starship Troopers. I liked the animated series as well as the movie they created. Although if I look at it today, the movie would probably not mean much to me. Anyway, I found out that it was based on a book. Duh. And then I did what I do best. I read it.

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I remember Starship Troopers like this: military fighting off the most awesome insectoid creatures. The book was something like this: one guy trying to make a career in the military, while giving only few and vague reference to “bug” aliens. You can see that my expectations were not covered by this.

The story follows Johnny Rico as he grows from boot camp to a full-fledged officer in the force. There is a lot of “learning” involved. I believe I counted two action sequences? I could be off by one. Heinlein also creates this idea that only people who have served can vote. That looks absolutely ridiculous to me.

I was very disappointed with this book. It was nothing like what I remembered the animated series or movie to be. I can only give it 2 stars. The second star is because the story did make me feel along with Rico. A bit. And that’s mostly it.

Have you read Starship Troopers? Do you agree with my review? Did I miss something? Let me know by leaving a comment!