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Author: John Scalzi
Year Published: 2012
Narrator: Wil Wheaton
Audiobook Length: 7 hours 41 minutes
Synopsis: 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, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship's Xenobiology laboratory. Life couldn't be better...until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship's captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.
Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely 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.
Why?: I've heard great things about this novel. FX is currently developing a tv series and I want to make sure to read (or listen to) this book before that happens. Also, it's Star Trek. And I am quite the nerd. Also, Wil Wheaton narrated this audiobook. I really liked how he narrated Ready Player One.
Expectations: I'm expecting a fun satire of Star Trek focusing on the redshirts who always end up dead on away missions. I'm sure there will be a lot of light hearted making fun of Star Trek.
Judging a book by its cover: The cover is simple: a redshirt. It reminds me of the TOS uniforms, which it is supposed to.