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Terms of Enlistment: Frontlines, Book 1 by Marko Kloos

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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 2,000 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.



  • This book serves as an introduction to the series. It begins in a typical manner, but the world created by the author is fascinating and enjoyable. Unlike many other sci-fi books, it doesn't require too much suspension of disbelief to understand how Earth reaches its current state. The events depicted seem plausible. The only aspect that may require a bit more imagination is the size of the aliens, which may be as tall as a three-story building, or perhaps even larger. If you continue reading the entire series, you'll find that this book becomes somewhat overshadowed by the subsequent three, in a positive way. There are many significant events that unfold in the following books. While this book is good, the series as a whole is even better.