Review: Redshirts – John Scalzi

*Cue Science Fiction/Double Feature*

I love science fiction, though I love it even more when its short, sweet, and to the point.

Or if it has music because who doesn’t love Rocky Horror.

Redshirts by John Scalzi was recommended to me when I had mentioned I was headed to a Star Trek experience, and it was sold to me when it was described as what happens when the ‘Redshirts’ or extras get wise to the fact that they always end up dead.

Does Redshirts seem like your cup of tea? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

The Book

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.

Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that:
(1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces
(2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations
(3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.

The Review

If you are a science fiction fan, than boy oh boy this book is for you.

Besides exploiting one of the more noticeable Star Trek plot holes to make a colourful cast of characters, Scalzi’s Redshirts engages many of science fiction’s quirks to make a hell of a 300 page book.

Jenkins was by far the best character, his witty replies about not being sent the scripts pretty much made me laugh every time.

I don’t want to say too much of this book because reading it not knowing what the plot was going to turn into was half the fun.

My only criticism of this book is the last three chapters.

While it was fun to visit ‘reality’ and see how characters like and Nick, Matt and Samantha were getting on in Scalzi’s version of Los Angeles, I did feel as if it took away from the already brilliant ending of the Redshirts storyline.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

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Purchase Links

Tor Books| Amazon | Barnes & NobleIndigo



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