Katie′s #CBR5 Review #15: Starship Troopers By Robert Heinlein

Title: Starship Troopers
Author: Robert Heinlein
Source: library
Review Summary: It does what it does well, which is just to be a book with some dry humor and a very military feel, but I prefer at least a little world building in my sci-fi.

The plot of Starship Troopers is pretty short and sweet, following the military career of a young man some time in the distant future. In this futuristic society, only those who join the military are allowed to vote. This decision is justified by the belief that those people willing to sacrifice them selves for the good of society are those who deserve to have the vote. However, our protagonist mostly joins up because all his friends are doing it and a big part of the book is how is abilities and interest in the military evolve.

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10 thoughts on “Katie′s #CBR5 Review #15: Starship Troopers By Robert Heinlein

  1. Or, is it satire? If you engage in that debate you will come to the crux of why so many people find the book frustrating — it’s hard to tell whether Heinlein’s being satirical or not. Thoughts?

    • I didn’t really wonder about that while read (I was sure he was serious) so I certainly didn’t find it frustrating. It is an interesting question though. Honestly, if he was being satirical, I think the movie did it better, since that’s clearly satirical and kind of funny. However, I’m still pretty certain he was serious. MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD The two main reasons are his father joining up and the ridiculous amount of space devoted to theoretical discussions that favor the military.

      • Yes, I’m more tempted to read it as serious as well. Heinlein’s politics have always bothered me. Have you read Haldeman’s Hugo winning The Forever War (1974)? It was written as a satirical response to Starship Troopers — and is by far the better (and very anti-war) novel.

      • Yeah, it seems he’s not only pro-military, but somewhat sexist (although not blatantly so in this book). I haven’t read Forever War, but I’ve heard very good things about. I was a little put off the genre by Starship Troopers, but I’ll have to give a try now that it’s been a little while 🙂

      • Ah, less funny, but also true. I’m not sure how I feel about older books that espouse dubious views that were more commonly held in that time. I guess I’d be willing to cut Heinlein as a person a bit of a break there, but I definitely think it’s still important to call him out on it.

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