Monday, May 11, 2015

Terms of Enlistment (Frontlines #1) by Marko Kloos

Terms of Enlistment (Frontlines, #1)The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you're restricted to two thousand calories of badly flavored soy every day:
You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service.
With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth. But as he starts a career of supposed privilege, he soon learns that the good food and decent health care come at a steep price…and that the settled galaxy holds far greater dangers than military bureaucrats or the gangs that rule the slums.
The debut novel from Marko Kloos, Terms of Enlistment is a new addition to the great military sci-fi tradition of Robert Heinlein, Joe Haldeman, and John Scalzi.

So-So book. It was slow going and the main character was not anything special. There was not much action and very little to really sink your teeth into with this book. It started with his enlistment and basic training. Same old, same old for these types of books. But it never really got moving...just as he was in his first fight or two they move him into more training then stick him on a ship doing a nothing job and no excitment until the end where they are in one more fight. Nothing suspenseful, nothing emotional in this book to really make it great.

Comparing this to Robert Heinlein or John Scalzi...NO. Those writers have some great books and the characters are wonderful in those stories...this, not so much. I could not have cared less about his main character...there was just nothing there to hold onto to or believe in. He was a non-entity of a character.