CommanderStrikeher’s #CBR4 Review #42: Redshirts by John Scalzi
Yet another great recommendation from anther Cannonballer. This book was right up my alley. I am a huge Star Trek nerd, mostly Next Generation. This is a loving spoof in the vein of Galaxy Quest. I laughed my ass off when I read the title of this book.
I listened to this book about 2 months ago, so I’m a little fuzzy on the details. A bunch of brand-new ensigns have just been assigned to the USS Intrepid, the flagship of the Universal Union. The reason for all of the new crew members is that low-ranking ensigns tend to die on away missions. Like a lot. More than all of the other ships in the fleet combined. Understandably, this makes the crew a little nervous.
This is a great meta analysis of not only Star Trek, but entertainment in general. Why do we need so many secondary characters to die in order for a scene to have the proper dramatic impact? I loved this book, and I am recommending it to nerds everywhere.