Ramsey's Reviews > Starship Troopers
Mar 25, 2009
An excellent book on the study of Human nature and societies. Unlike the Hollywoodised film adaptation, the novel keeps action scenes to a minimum. In truth, most of the military activities come across as dull, and indeed the the protagonist, Juan Rico, seems to share that sentiment. Coupled with the fact that every chapter opens with some proverb or words of wisdom, this book definitely surpassed my expectations of space adventure. Throughout the novel, Juan Rico experiences flashbacks and engages in conversations that reveal the true purpose of the novel. An analysis of human nature and the post-modern world. Heinlein seems critical of both democracy and communism, an insight that surely would have been unpopular with the McCarthy horde. In his world, humanity has moved beyond race and nation states. Many characters come from all walks of life, such as Middle Easterners, Europeans, Asians, and Latin Americans etc. The reality of Starship Troopers is that no man has any inherent rights, inalienable rights. Only those who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the greater good of humanity can be recognised as citizens. Far from being military propaganda, the values of duty, honour, and loyalty are deemed essential to a Human beings perfection. Not to give the wrong impression, much of the novel has uncanny humour. One word: Neodogs.
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