Author: John Scalzi
Page Count: 320
Published: January 1st 2012
Publisher: Tor Books
Back Of The Cover
Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid. It’s a prestige posting, and life couldn’t be better . . . although there are a few strange things going on . . .
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 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 . . .
My 2 Cents
5 Stars of Awesomeness-ess. Damn Scalzi’s the man of Science Fiction.
I’ve read a few of his books, even as I’m writing this, I’m reading the sequel to Old Mans War. Amazing book. Puts a twist on the whole outer space war and how we fight it. Also check out Lock In. One of his recent titles. People paralysed for life, but conscious of everything. Quite scary, but we develop technology that allows them to control Virtual Presence Devices so they can be part of society.
If you don’t know what the title of the book means, let me enlighten you my friend. In the original Star Trek Series, you could tell the rank of the officer by the shirt he’s wearing. Captain wore a yellow/goldish color, blue for science and medical officers, and red for security officers and engineers. Basically, by the first commercial break someone wearing a Red Shirt would die.
And this story is about those wearing the Redshirts.. <— hence the title…
This book is fantastic. Its so damn entertaining, has you cracking up from the death of the crew, while your trying to solve why the hell everything is so screwed up.
This book is strongly satirical. I mean if ya haven’t watched Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica or any number of awesome Sci fi shows, some of it may go over your head as to why certain aspects are so fuckin funny. But I doubt your at my blog if you haven’t watched something of the kind.
THAT BEING SAID , it’s still an amazing book and I’m pretty sure your intellectual enough in your Fandoms to appreciate this greatly.
I don’t wanna say anymore, but go read it. Its not long, no reason not to.
What You Should Read Next . . .
I haven’t read much humorous satirical stuff, so I’m just gonna list the two books I mentioned earlier. They’re by the same author, but that’s cool . . . he’s that good.
1) Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War #1) by John Scalzi
Who are the best soldiers? Well apparently they’re old fogies who’ve lived a full life, but aren’t quite ready to die yet.
With earth pretty much untouched, you have the choice to sign up for a military stay. You take an elevator ride up some big ass pillar and you ain’t comin back. Don’t really wanna spoil the next part, you find out pretty damn quick, and its a treat.
I absolutely loved this book, the plot, the narrative, the protagonist . . . everything!
2) Lock In by John Scalzi
I was in Washington D.C when I purchased this book, and even though I was on vacation, I read the whole damn thing in one night. I may have been tired the next day, but it was well worth it. Was so intriguing.
If ya like modern Sci Fi or Ghost in the Shell (or Matrix, if ya don’t know that) you’ll f***in love this book.
People are locked into their bodies by a virus, but the science is there to let them integrate into society, as well as have their own society on the net.
Really intriguing book.