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Synopsis

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.
Redshirts is the winner of the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel.


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Redshirts
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4.2 / 5
Awesome.
September 18th, 2015
This book was so much more than I expected and I'm glad I bought it. Read it in one day and enjoyed every second. I did almost choke on my lunch laughing over some key parts; that's how you know it's worth reading :)
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Great humor
June 9th, 2015
So much more than just a satire, a very funny read, that makes you laugh and think at the same time. Would definitely re-read this one!
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What if..
February 18th, 2015
....the characters you see on TV are real in an alternate timeline? This book helps to answer that.
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Lot of fun
November 18th, 2014
Really cool premise for sci fi, great 'what if'.
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@scalzi is a genius
August 27th, 2014
Redshirts is a mockery of televised science fiction and also much more. Much more. A simple parody of the notorious "that-character-is wearing-a-red-shirt-so-you-know-he's gonna-die" trope/cliche/plot device from Star Trek would have not been particularly interesting if written by a less skilled author. (Anyone rolling their eyes toward the heavens imploring deliverance from such a story, as I did for months before reading it, rest assured, it is well worth reading.) Mr. Scalzi lifts the premise beyond the usual pap one would expect to create a unique, well crafted story with flawless characterization and plotting. The story ends with three epilogues that resolve loose ends and allow the reader to feel the plight of the characters and feel their emotions at the close of the story.
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Redshirts
July 26th, 2014
Got too involved in itself. Lost interest.
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1 person found this helpful
Excellent satire with serious heart
June 29th, 2014
Good for quite a few laughs and yet deeper and more heartfelt than it seems at first. It's fun, it's experimental, it's meta, but like all great stories it's about growing as a human being. Any fan of the genre who is a student of life will love this book.
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Fun book
April 28th, 2014
Great "popcorn" read, read between Wheel of Time and Song of Ice and Fire, really cleaned the palate.
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Just a guy
April 17th, 2014
Best sci fi I've read in years.
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Redshirts
February 13th, 2014
Was funny and good.
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1 person found this helpful
An amusingly entertaining read
December 11th, 2013
Those poor security officers in the red shirts that seemed to die every time Kirk and Spock went on an away mission? This book is about them. On the surface, this is a spoof of those original Star Trek episodes, but as you read further you realize it is something more. Written with Scalzi's fantastic humor that kept me chuckling throughout, the story takes a rather interesting left turn that kept me coming back for more to find out exactly what is going on aboard the Universal Union ship Intrepid. Definitely recommended for fans of John Scalzi and science fiction in general.
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Great satire of sci-fi writing
November 13th, 2013
A must read for Star Trek / Stargate fans!
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Clever
September 23rd, 2013
Vety funny but also very ridiculous. Highly recommend this book.
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Fun fun fun
May 20th, 2013
Totally awesome and a must read for any geek that takes their geekness seriously
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This was fun!
May 1st, 2013
This is a really fun read if you are a fan of Sci/Fi in general and Star Trek in particular.
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Great read; not what I expected.
February 25th, 2013
From the first page to the last, this book kept me turning the pages to see how the events will unfold. Fantastic book, would gladly re-read at a later date.
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Redshirts
February 9th, 2013
It was funny. That's possibly the lamest review I've written. It's been a long night. Seriously though it was a good entertaining read
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