If you’re a nerd like me, you’ve seen the name John Scalzi before. He is a writer who is a former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He’s also friends with Wil Wheaton, Joe Hill, Patric Rothfuss and other geeks we love. I’ve wanted to read one of his books for a while and finally decided to take the leap with Redshirts. Great decision.
Andrew Dahl has just joined the crew of the Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union. He quickly notices that his shipmates do all they can to avoid some of the high ranking officers and there is a high death rate among low ranking crew members who go on away missions. When he learns the truth about what is happening, it’s up to him and his friends to save themselves.
This wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I knew it would be fun and creative. But, in many ways it’s also deeply thought-provoking. I can’t give you too many details as it would spoil what should be some big surprises. Just know this, you will never watch another classic Star Trek episode without thinking of Redshirts and that is something special. This will definitely not be my last Scalzi.
5/5 stars and highly recommended. Even if you’re not a nerd or a Star Trek fan.