Personally I think Starship Troopers may be one of the greatest subversive head**** movies ever. And yes...I read the original book. If you want to read a book that takes the original concept even farther read ARMOR by John Steakley. That book far exceeds the source material, like I think the(starship troopers) movie did. Sorry, as good as the Starship Troopers book was, it was a miniscule thing just waiting to be outdone.