Redshirts by John Scalzi (2012)

Review by CJ

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In the year 2456, ensigns Dahl, Duvall, Hanson, Finn and Hester are assigned to the flagship of the Universal Union, the Intrepid.

Soon after beginning their new assignments, the ensigns discover that all is not what it seems on the Intrepid. High death rates, miraculous discoveries and remarkable officer recoveries are just some of the regular anomalies. It falls to Dahl and his friends to save not only themselves but all of redshirt-kind.

I loved Redshirts. It parodies Star Trek heavily but along the way it also pokes fun at the science fiction genre as a whole.

The writing is very funny. There were several times when I found myself laughing out loud and even sending fellow science fiction fans excerpts so they could laugh too. 

Every character in Redshirts was well written and enjoyable to follow. Their dialogue is witty and sharp which only serves to give the characters even more depth. 

The plot is simple, but effective and moves quickly. I never felt that the story was dragging or that the narration was repetitive. 

If you love science fiction television and don’t mind a bit of fun at its expense, then Redshirts is an absolute must read. 



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