Review: Redshirts

Redshirts by John Scalzi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is definitely one of the top ten books I’ve read in the past year or so. John Scalzi takes the non-trademarked essence of the legendary “Trek to Madworld” short stories of the early seventies to their very meta and logical (kind of) conclusion. There’s a lot of weirdness along the way, and some very good writing. Several low-ranking crew members of a very USS Enterprise-like ship notice how their commanding officers never seem to get hurt on away missions, but half of them end up dying on a regular basis. The search for the reason why leads them on a VERY meta-fictional journey. I’ve probably given away too much already. Just get the book and read it. You won’t be sorry.

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