In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial bestsellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the Universe--and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry against mankind's most frightening enemy. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
I love love this book. There are some things that I don’t agree with politically, but I really love the angle that he addresses the problems. (As other have noted, keep in mind this book was written in 1959.) I think I like Heinlein so much because he doesn’t hesitate on any of his punches. It is what it is, and that’s how the world operates.
Aside from the politics, I found the book to be one that I was immediately caught up in and didn’t want to put down at any point. If you’re already a science fiction fan, I think it’s a classic that everyone should give a shot. If you’re not already a science fiction fan, I might suggest a few others first, but this one is still going to be appealing. One note: My dad gave this one to me when I was 12-13 and I just couldn’t get into it. It felt a little slow. I think I was a little young at that point, but I do think it would appeal to a lot of teens.
Note: I have never seen the movie and heard it’s abysmal. Don’t judge the book based on it.
Warning: Contains repeated violence and sexual content.
Rating: 5 stars!
Who should read it? Fans of science fiction – particularly “Ender’s Game”. Consider this a “grown up” version (although that book is highly recommended to all ages).