A worthy book to read
Review by Chris Turner on March 13th, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. It has a pleasant pace that doesn't drag on or rush through things. The characters aren't that two dimensional which is often a problem with stories from the 70s. And the story, despite the fact it's about taking very young children and turning them into soldiers, is an interesting one.
There are some very interesting philosophical points it makes about how two alien species would react if they ever encountered each other - especially when their means of communication is so vastly different.
For those of you who don't read books, but do enjoy movies, the recent adaptation is moderately faithful. It trims a few side plots out and makes the child characters a fair bit older, but over it still retains the core themes and ideas.