Terms of Enlistment
by Marko Kloos (2013)
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 to get out.
You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service.
The start of an excellent military science fiction series. There isn’t much background as to why there is need for a military space force, but it seems the earth is in decline and human habitation has spread throughout the galaxy.
Mod the the book is fairly standard ‘boy joins the army’ genre. Everything has an internal logic and not too much time is spent trying to explain the science of the ships, FTL travel etc.
It’s not until the final third that the aliens show up and humanity has a problem with it’s expansion to other planets. It’s all looking good for an interesting for the six book series.