This is arguably the most famous of Heinlein’s novels and I would venture to say it is probably the least typical Heinlein novel. The humour is sparse, there’s almost no sexual encounters, and the female characters can be counted on one hand. While I always enjoy The Dean’s writing, I found this one to be more of an obligation than a book I genuinely enjoyed: It’s on the required reading list!
If you, or anyone you know, has read Starship Troopers and is judging all of Heinlein’s works based off this one book, I implore you! Please read The Door Into Summer! Read Stranger in a Strange Land! Read Job: A Comedy of Justice!
Look, it’s not that I didn’t like this book – I wouldn’t have finished it if that were the case (looking at you, The Number of the Beast) because life is too short to read books you don’t like. I just didn’t love this book quite as much as I was hoping to. Luckily for me, there’s still much more Heinlein to discover!