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Redshirts (Three Codas)

Written by John Scalzi

Average Score: 82(4)

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.

Book Details

Science Fiction
Hardcover, 320 Pages
Published by Tor Books on June 05, 2012
ISBN-10 0765316994
ISBN-13 978-0765316998

Reviews


Fantasy Literature | Kat Hooper
Review Rating: 90
[Audio Version] ...I was delighted from the first page and I laughed a lot.
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SF Signal | John DeNardo
Review Rating: 80
If you like science fiction television (particularly Star Trek) and are looking for a lighthearted read, Redshirts is well worth your time.
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Stephen Hunts SF Crownest | Kelly Jensen
Review Rating: 80
Despite the body count, I giggled my way through it, soft chuckles turning to outright laughter at one particularly senseless death.
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sffworld.com | Rob H. Bedford
Review Rating: 80
Redshirts may not be Scalzi's best novel, but it succeeded in making me laugh a great deal and had the all-important powerful pull to keep reading to find out what happens next.
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