Yeah, this is a funny one for sure.
Redshirts is a snarky look at some of the sci-fi tropes we know and love. Like how the titular redshirts always seem to die. Like how the captain will repeat something for no apparent reason (other than to give the audience information).
But don’t just think this is a humorous popcorn novel. Scalzi knows how to write, and he does it well.
In the first chapter, I was jaw-droppingly amazed at how quickly he managed to introduce five characters, flesh them out, and make them distinct and real in my mind. That was a total winner for me, and I was hooked from there.
You will enjoy this book even if you’ve never seen Star Trek (aka yours truly). You will enjoy the tropes, and you will enjoy how the 4th wall is broken to talk about “The Narrative” and to poke fun at writers.
It’s a short summer read, you owe it to yourself to pick up Redshirts.
PS Try to read this only at home like me. Or else look like an idiot since there will be a big-ass grin plastered on your face the whole time.