Robert A. Heinlein, 1959
Hugo Winner - 1960
Premise: Johnny Rico wants to be a citizen, which means he has to join the military. Over his parents' objections, he enlists. He is placed in the Mobile Infantry, and learns to operate power armor, just in time for the human race to be faced with interstellar war.
It's a question of balance. I think there is too much monologue-ing and not enough dialogue, not enough questions that characters don't know the answers to, not enough action that affects the answers to these questions. The character building is weak, as well.
On the other hand, I have to give it credit for being so incredibly influential. So many franchises and books and movies that I love have roots here, mostly in the vision of humans in exo-suits fighting bug-aliens on distant planets.
The book is unapologetically pro-military and pro-military mindset, which doesn't really bother me in and of itself. At least there aren't any conveniently incompetent bureaucrats for the characters to rail against, they just made snide, unprovable comments about how things “used to be”.
There's some decent humor, and I do think the plot (thin as it is) is interesting. I do like this book, but I want to like it more than I actually like it.
3 Stars – A Good Book