Redshirts by John Scalzi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Goodreads Book Description - 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 thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.
Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (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 confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.
Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expendedon avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives
Review - I was unsure about reading this book for two reasons.
One, when reading the reviews for this book I noticed a lot of mixed reviews, people didn't seem to be overly thrilled with it, but those people had also read other John Scalzi books.
Two, my friend had recommended the book and while we do share similar tastes our reading tastes rarely are the same.
Since I hadn't read any of his books before I felt safe in assuming that perhaps I would enjoy the book and my friend and I both really liked the last "Science Fiction" book we both read. I started off reading the book thinking I'd try to at least reach page 50 (50 page rule hasn't lead me astray yet!) and quickly found myself well past page 50 and really into the book.
The characters were interesting and the story kept my attention. I really cared about them and wanted to know if Andy and his friends were able to find a way to save their lives.
The one thing that did kind of bother me were the three codas at the end of book. I really didn't care for Coda 1 but then ended up liking Codas 2 and 3.
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