Book Review: The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

33023684In this world murder victims don’t die, they simply disappear from the crime scene and reappear unharmed in their own homes. Why it’s only murder victims and not suicides or those who die of natural causes, no one knows. But the world is quick to game this system. Enter Dispatchers. The Agency uses dispatchers to attend surgeries so that if the patient looks about to die on the operating table, the Dispatcher can step in and kill the patient, who will wake up back home, still in need of surgery, but not dead. Of course, dispatchers don’t always work just for the Agency. They sometimes take side jobs that exist in a legal grey area. One dispatcher did just that and now he’s missing. A cop recruits Dispatcher Valdez to assist in her search for the missing dispatcher, which leads the two of them into the seedy underbelly of the city.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Zachary Quinto and it was great. The story is a simple concept but a weird one. And it’s never explained. You just have to roll with it that people don’t die when they’re murdered. I love that, that we as the reader as well as the characters themselves just have to shrug and move on. Otherwise the story is a basic mystery. I really enjoyed it and Quinto’s narration was spot-on. I recommend this to lovers of mystery and sci-fi both.

Review by Jessica A.

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