I like John, the protagonist. I still like the writing and enjoy the way it reeks of some favorite classic SF writers. A bit hokey and convenient with the sudden friendships (which of course include those who are "in the know" aka infodump potential), but that can happen with recruits.
Overall, lighter and funnier than I was expecting (admittedly, not yet into basic training or combat).
But also creepier.
Seriously, these CDF powers-that-be seem squicky. It's good that they do reveal to the recruits some realities like 75% not making it through their term of enlistment, that the two-year term signed up for with caveat that if needed could be up to ten years was going to be the full ten years, that there are few allies in the discovered intelligent aliens … better that such had been revealed before signing on the dotted line.
The casual talk of need for colonies meaning that already inhabited by intelligent aliens planets would be invaded -- none of the recruits seem to even blink.
It even creeps me out that the first thing all recruits do with their new bodies is have sex, with strangers, mostly in public places because of roommate situations. Not that I don't think most wouldn't -- particularly if old age and health issues had impacted things like getting an erection or just plain old having a dry spell. But everyone? All of them? The first thing everyone does with a renewal of health and youth?
It just creeps me out wondering what the CDF did to the ones who would never consider public sex, who had other sexual traumas causing issues, whose belief systems (and they did mention that representative clergy from the earth religions were on board and available for counseling) or personal preferences prohibited such hookups ... did they just not make the transition to new bodies or were their brains modified? Didn't anyone want to do other enjoyed activities age and ill health had caused them to give up?
Yeah, I know, overthinking an actually brief part of the book.
Feel free to join the booklikes Virtual Speculation Book Club read of Old Man's War at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/50/virtual-speculation
Plus whatever library ebooks I borrow (lots on waitlist which just brought me The Blinding Knife while binge-ing some series) will interrupt regular reading schedule.
Another bookclub read of whatever TOR offers free has turned out to be Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey; the 24in48 readathon July 22-23 will also disrupt or remake plans.