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It’s been several weeks since my participation in the Dewey’s 24 Hour Reverse Readathon, and I have one final book from that challenge to share with you. If you’ve missed any of my Reverse Readathon posts, and you’d like to get caught up, you can find them in the Readathon section of this website.

While I only had enough time to finish reading a total of five books during the Reverse Readathon, I did have the opportunity to start reading a sixth book, which was Redshirts, by John Scalzi. I finished reading this novel a few days after the challenge, and I highly recommend it.

Redshirts tells the story of Ensign Andrew Dahl, one of the newest crew members aboard the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid. The Intrepid is the fleet’s flagship, and it seems like an ideal assignment for the young xenobiologist.

However, it’s not long before Dahl begins to notice some rather peculiar things about the ship. His superiors always seem to know just when to take their coffee breaks to avoid encountering the bridge officers, and most of the crew members seem to avoid away missions like the plague. As Dahl comes to find out, it’s because a crew member dies on nearly every single one.

As Dahl and several other new crew members begin to question what’s going on, they learn some shocking information about not only the ship, but their own lives as well.

I absolutely loved this book! The main characters in this novel are individuals whose stories don’t generally get told in science fiction stories, and it was nice to see things from their perspective for a change. The book is very fast-paced and does include a significant amount of action, but most of my reading time was actually spent laughing out loud, because the story is extremely funny.

This is actually the fourth book I have read by John Scalzi (the others include Lock In, Head On, and Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008), and I have found that I really enjoy his writing. I am definitely interested in reading more of his books in the future!

Redshirts is one of those books that will definitely appeal to science fiction fans, especially if you enjoy humor as well as action. If you have the opportunity to read Redshirts, I hope you like it as much as I did!

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