A new recruit to the Intrepid realises something is very very wrong with the way away team missions are conducted. Thr bridge crew act strangely and most of the crew tries to avoid them and any involvement in away missions. Sounds like a fabulous opportunity for comedic insight into the world of Star trek.
Except you would be wrong. This is deathy dull. It only lives up to its opening premise in the early chapters then runs out of steam. Its too interested in being meta about the show formula that it becomes the very cliche its poking fun at - and pretends that thats clever because its 'meta' too.
Not remotely living up to Scalzi's other work. Avoid this like the plague - but do pick up his other works - like 'Old mans war'.
Updated. This book won best Novel in the 2013 Higo awards. Obviously a lot of people really like it. To be fair - I really really like Scalzi as an author too. I just dont like this book.
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