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Starship Troopers - Robert A. Heinlein

Starship Troopers

By Robert A. Heinlein

  • Release Date: 1959-11-05
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 1,044 Ratings


In Robert A. Heinlein’s controversial Hugo Award-winning bestseller, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the Universe—and into battle against mankind’s most alarming enemy...

Johnnie Rico never really intended to join up—and definitely not the infantry. But now that he’s in the thick of it, trying to get through combat training harder than anything he could have imagined, he knows everyone in his unit is one bad move away from buying the farm in the interstellar war the Terran Federation is waging against the Arachnids.

Because everyone in the Mobile Infantry fights. And if the training doesn’t kill you, the Bugs are more than ready to finish the job...

“A classic…If you want a great military adventure, this one is for you.”—All SciFi


  • I get why it’s a classic, but still...

    By ShootForTheEdit
    Kind of a let down. Most of the book is spent world building, but not even actual "world" building, more just establishing the hierarchy and function of its fictional military, there's not much lure beyond that. Majority of the story seems to take place between missions with Rico simply trying to survive his superiors. Any battles or skirmishes start and finish almost instantly. And there doesn't seem to be any real ending, the story just kind of stops while Rico and the Roughnecks just keep doing what they do. It's not bad and I can see why it's a classic, but I personally was just expecting a little more.
  • Where are the bugs?

    By Dylan.Thobe
    The reason I loved the Starship Troopers franchise was because of the Arachnids. The thought of alien bugs had me very fascinated. When I finally saw what they were like, I was very satisfied. The militaristic future that the characters are set in doesn't interest me at all. I'm half way into the book and I still have heard any mention of the Arachnids. The only time I heard the characters mention them is the very first chapter when they're raiding the Skinnies city, almost everything else after that was training showing how everything in their future works. Although I agree with all the rest of you on how the movie should've included the power suits, but all in all I think the movie's better than the book.
  • Amazing book!

    By Allthecoolnicknamesretaken
    This ranks in the top five books I’ve ever read! It’s funny, exciting, easy to follow (except some of the infantry positioning in codes that I don’t know), and actually brought tears to my eyes a few times. I haven’t read Heinlein's work before, but I’m going to start.
  • Starship Troopers - A great read yet again

    By bachster
    I first read this book as a public library hard cover in 1966. It was as challenging and eye opening then as now . A simple story, really, just coming of age - but in a time when being a citizen means more than winning the lottery of birth. This book is simply written but the hard landscape and meditation on freedom and accountability are finely drawn. Provocative and undoubtedly not politically correct in the view of the purveyors of entitlement. Read it, reflect and be thankful for those who chose to fight for our freedom . A fitting companion bookend read is Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels also about "the last full measure of devotion" from the point of view of Gettysburg July 1864. The Bookster
  • Still A Good Read

    By Quixote01
    I first read Starship Troopers back in 1993 while I was out on a 45 day field exercise at Ft. Bragg. At the time I wasn't much of a reader but someone told me that Starship Troopers was "required reading" by the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. To this day I don't know if that statement is true but since then I have read the book five more times and I still find it entertaining. It's few of a society where you earn your benefits instead of just getting them for free as a handout is in total contrast with our present society. We could all stand to learn a little from this book. I highly recommend it! Especially for today's youngsters.
  • Real Life Science Fiction

    By J.Coinin
    Being a real life military veteran you find most fictional stories about military life so unrealistically extreme 24/7 it's hard to enjoy the story that is presented. This is not one of those books! From start to finish this has got to be the best fictional account of the mundane activities punctuated by acute bits of action that most people will experience in a real life military career. All you would have to do to make this a story one you might live is to remove the space travel, and place in all on earth say 20 years in the future. I would go as far as to say that this is the best vision of a future military scenario that I have ever read!
  • Best

    By United_Vet
    Just awesome!
  • Amazing

    By Mmmmmmboper
    This is one of the best books to capture the warrior spirit. As a combat veteran I find that his understanding of war and the workings human mind are astounding. If anybody out there wants to further understand the mind of a vet, read this book.
  • Truly disappointing

    By danrogy
    If you like Heinlein, or the Starshp Troopers movie franchise, or space battles, or exciting sci-fi, this book is not for you. It's a first-person narrative of Johnny Rico's experience as a mobile infantryman. The bugs and the battles with them are barely part of the novel. It's really a book about military structure and life. It's also about politics. I was really bummed when it ended. I was still waiting for something exciting to happen. It never did.
  • Great, but...

    By drtonysosa
    Why did it stir controversy?