Life on Earth has gone to hell in a hand basket. Overpopulation leads to the usual troubles: poverty, government sanctioned slums aka PRC’s (Public Residence Clusters) sprawl across major metropolitan centers, throngs of people existing on government issued rations.
Wars are being fought in space and on land by the North American Commonwealth military against the Sino-Russian Collective, and nobody sees the Lankies coming. Least of all, new recruit Andrew Grayson.
Why is this on our bookshelf?
There was a pretty comprehensive review on io9.com (which I didn’t read entirely due to spoilers), but when they compared Kloos to Scalzi, I knew it needed to be picked up.
Rating (3 stars)
Sci-fi isn’t really my preferred genre, never mind military sci-fi. I always feel they’re stuffy and oddly out of date no matter how far into the future they’re set.
I decided to give Kloos a chance, and once I got beyond the slightly slow beginning (to be honest, he came *this* close to losing me), I couldn’t put it down. It’s slightly formulaic; loser enlists in the military to escape the terrible conditions he’s living in on Earth, ends up with a few lucky breaks, steps in a pile of crap,only to end up winning the day… but once the action picks up, it moves quickly.
It’s military sci-fi candy. it’s a very easy read, despite the jargon that’s used almost too heavily throughout.
Read this book:
For the thrill of space travel and combat without the pesky issue of being shot at.
Don't Read this book:
If you have a strong aversion to the military sci-fi genre in general, or specifically books written by anyone who isn’t Heinlein.
Once you're done, do this:
Go play Halo for some intergalactic ass kicking of alien races. Trust me, it’ll make you feel better, and less helpless.