Review: 175. Redshirts by John Scalzi…

Oh. My. Goodness. If you’ve ever felt the need to indulge in geekery + laugh-till-your-sides-split humor, you NEED to pick up John Scalzi’s Redshirts. Like, now. And because you’re a lucky duck, the paperback edition is coming on January 15th.

And if you’ve never felt that need, well, we need to talk. ASAP.

redshirtsdrey’s thoughts:

Ensign Andrew Dahl is so excited he could die. He’s been assigned to the Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union, where he gets to work in the xenobiology lab with his hero, science officer Q’eeng. Soooooo exciting! But why are the ship’s crew so shy? And his xenobiology team is always off on errands whenever Q’eeng shows up to put together an away team… Something’s fishy on the Intrepid, Lucy!

Then Andrew goes on an away mission and barely comes back alive — or in any other shape — and notices a disturbing trend. Someone always dies. Always. And it’s never the officers. And, the old hands never say a word, because if the noobs aren’t the ones on the away missions, one of them could be the dead guy/gal.

There has to be something that can be done about this. But what? And when Andrew finds someone who can give him a reason this is happening, he’s not sure it’s actually believable…

Redshirts is hilarious and pokes fun at campy TV shows and bad writing, and Andrew definitely displays a stubborn reluctance to play the part he’s meant to. He’s not the only one, though, and stages an “intervention” of a sort. There’s head-shaking to be found, along with space adventures, time travel, and a hero who refuses to die for no good reason. All in all, Redshirts is a rollicking good time — and perfect for relieving any holiday stress that may already have accumulated!

drey’s rating: Excellent!

Title: Redshirts
Author: John Scalzi
ISBN-13: 9780765316998
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Tor, 2012
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Source: Waukesha Public Library

Have you read Redshirts? What did you think?


  1. Hey drey,
    I have not read any of this authors work before. Another friend recommended a different book of his a while back. Maybe I should pick-up Red Shirts soon. Nice review my good friend. Take care…

    1. You’ll have to add it to your list, Steve! I also have The God Engines in my pile somewhere, will have to go dig it out…

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