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, with the chance to serve on "Away Missions" alongside the starship's famous senior officers.
Life couldn't be better...until Andrew begins to realize that 1) every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces, 2) the ship's senior officers always survive these confrontations, and 3) sadly, at least one low-ranking crew member is invariably killed. Unsurprisingly, the savvier crew members below decks avoid Away Missions at all costs.
Then Andrew stumbles on information that 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" by John Scalzi is the winner of the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
“John Scalzi sets his imagination to STUN and scores a direct hit. Read on and prosper.”
—Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box
“I can honestly say I can’t think of another book that ever made me laugh this much. Ever.”
—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind
“Scalzi takes apart the whole Star Trek universe and puts it back together far more plausibly—and a lot funnier too.”
—Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians
“A real joy to read… It’s hard to imagine a reader who wouldn’t enjoy this one.”
—Booklist, starred review