Saturday, 15 December 2012

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Redshirts - John Scalzi

Release Date: 22/11/12


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 even more delighted when he's assigned to the ship's Xenobiology laboratory. Life couldn't be better ...although there are a few strange things going on ...: (1) every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces (2) the ship's captain, the chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these encounters (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed. Suddenly it's less surprising how much energy is expended below decks on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned an Away Mission. Andrew's fate may have been sealed ...until he stumbles on a piece of information that changes everything ...and offers him and his fellow redshirts a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives ...


Yep, they’ve been the butt of many jokes for years but lets face it, life as a Redshirt is never easy especially when you get picked for missions with one of the central ships crew. Here John Scalzi bring the humour of a new recruit who realises his circumstances along with a group of other Redshirts and seeks to find ways to avoid his fate. It’s fun, it takes the reader on a journey and when backed with an obvious love of the source material, the reader is in for a treat, especially on the dark winter nights when life can be a little depressing.

Back this up with an experienced author at the helm to guide you through this wonderful journey alongside top prose, magical twists and of course cracking pace and all round it’s a book that I had a lot of fun with.

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