I received this book for free from Purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Dispatcher by John Scalzi, Zachary Quinto
Published by Audible Studios on October 4th 2016
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
Genres: Sci Fi
Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi.
One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know. But it changes everything: war, crime, daily life.Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher - a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch those whose circumstances put them in death's crosshairs, so they can have a second chance to avoid the reaper. But when a fellow Dispatcher and former friend is apparently kidnapped, Tony learns that there are some things that are worse than death and that some people are ready to do almost anything to avenge a supposed wrong.It's a race against time for Valdez to find his friend before it's too late...before not even a Dispatcher can save him.
This is technically my second John Scalzi read and I am starting to realize I really enjoy Sci Fi! This should not come as a shock because dystopian is my favorite genre but I have never really enjoyed delving too deep into Sci Fi. John Scalzi makes it wonderful.
This story is pretty unique. If you are murdered, you don’t die. Imagine how this first started and what people thought. I would be freaking out! Then you have to realize that someone actually tried to kill you. Definitely a problem!
Interestingly, to deal with death there are now people called Dispatchers. These guys help someone who is about to die by actually killing them. By killing them they create this weird anomaly that allows that person to NOT die. Of course, as I am sure you can imagine there is also a stigma that comes with being a Dispatcher and the difficulties of the job. You are killing people. Every day. As a living!
This was absolutely fascinating. I picked it up because of course the second I saw Zachary Quinto narrating I could not NOT get it. IT was free on audible at the time as well but I am glad because now I have a new fascination with John Scalzi’s writing and why I like Sci Fi… more on that as I figure it out myself!
Great book! If you have an hour, pick it up! Definitely worth the read.
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