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Redshirts by John Scalzi
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Jul 21, 2012

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The premise of the book is promising: Sci-fi crew on a starship begin to think that their lives are scripted because there are too many weird things happening to them that are inexplicable and illogical.

The first half of the book is somewhat of an investigation novel where a few, spirited, crew attempt to figure out why some crew members never get injured, why others seem to have mortal wounds or diseases every week, but, miraculously recover, and, why so many of the low-end crew die on away missions.

The first half was entertaining. However, once they close in on an unlikely, but, plausible explanation and decide to take action to end the craziness in their universe, the novel goes off the rails. I lost complete interest in the last half of the book, even with the unexpected plot twist at the end. The plot devolved into a forced, logical, conclusion that's as bad as the TV show it purported to get to the heart of. (maybe that was the author's intent, I don't know).

So, good thought, good premise, pretty good writing, but, a flat and un-buyable ending.

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