Review: Redshirts by John Scalzi
Author: John Scalzi
Genre: Science Fiction
Summary: 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, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.
Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expendedon 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.
My Thoughts: I have to make two declarations about Redshirts. 1. This is my first Scalzi novel and 2. I had no idea about the plot before I picked it up.
I picked up Redshirts as I had been dying to try a John Scalzi book as I have been following his blog forever.
For those who don’t know a Redshirt is a fictional character who dies soon after being introduced. The Star Trek series is full of Redshirts, literally!
The novel Redshirts is set on the Intrepid, where Ensign Andrew Dahl has been assigned. It seems aboard the Intrepid the away teams have quite a casualty rate. He doesn’t know what is going on but he does know he doesn’t want to be on a away team.
I freaking loved Redshirts. Okay sorry, I FREAKING LOVED REDSHIRTS!
It’s not that it mentions Star Trek and Dune, being two of my favorite books/series. It’s that it is so out of this world funny, with the best omg-did-that-just-happen scenarios. It was beyond awesome.
The characters were perfect and Scalzi puts them in cheesy scifi show scenarios and it’s hilarious. I especially love how the Ensigns try to figure out what is going on and how the Captain and Lieutenants manage to survive the away missions, while others die.
For me Redshirts was perfect. I haven’t enjoyed a comic scifi novel this much since Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and I definitely will be reading more Scalzi.