The story was first published (in abridged form) as a two-part serial in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction as Starship Soldier.
The first-person narrative is about a young soldier named Juan "Johnnie" Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry, a futuristic military service branch equipped with powered armor.
A movie was released in 1990. Because the movie originated from an unrelated script, with names and superficial details from the novel being added retroactively, there are many differences between theoriginal book and the film. While the original novel has been accused of promoting militarism, fascism and military rule, the film satirizes these concepts by featuring news reports that are intensely fascist, xenophobic, and propagandist.
Power of the Verse
The battle mechs in the books can destroy small buildings by accident, the "bugs" are also stronger and way smarter since they have some kind of complex society. The Earth Federation has nuclear weaponry available to use from orbit and they never think twice before using it, they also "brainwash" their soldiers
The movies are weaker than the books since the bugs don't have the complex society, thus making them more predictable, and the Earth Federation doesn't have the mechs, but they still have the orbital nukes.