The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley. 2019, Saga Press.
Hardcover, 356 pages. ISBN 9-781481-447966.
Military science fiction of the anti-war "war is hell" variety.
Dietz enlists with Tene-Silvia corporate infantry to fight human
colonists on Mars after their family goes missing in an attack
on São Paulo. The military transports people over long distances
by breaking them down into light; Dietz's combat drops do not
go as expected.
There are clear references to Starship Troopers (both the book
and I think Verhoeven's movie) and Haldeman's Forever War
here. I didn't mind that, the references and any borrowed structure
helped to ground the book while other aspects went completely sideways.
Dietz and the reader experience the war out of order and have to
puzzle out what's really going on. It's confusing, but purposefully
so, and never for too long. It's a pretty gnarly book, gory and
mean. I found it to be a propulsive, blunt, and pretty direct read.
Liked it quite a bit. Particularly liked the ending. I look forward
to reading it again to see how it works with prior knowledge of the