Review by: Morgan HobbesSo first up, this is a review of BOOK 2 of The Dispatcher so while I'll try to avoid spoilers, if any inadvertently slip past my attention then you've been duly warned.
In this follow up to his short story "This Dispatcher" I think Scalzi outdoes the first. The first is obviously necessary to set up the mechanics of the world and the major players and don't get me wrong, the first one was so out there as a concept and so well written I loved the hell out of it. But in this sequel, Scalzi really nails the concepts and delivers another home run.
The world has moved on a few years since the last, and people (bad guys) are working out ways of murdering people without murdering them. Why? Because if they just outright killed them, the victim has a 99.9% chance of coming back and could point the finger.
This quirk in the universe is also being exploited by other unscrupulous people as you'll learn fairly early on... for reasons that while on the surface make sense in the context of the book, are probably what would really happen if the events of the book actually happened.
It's hard to talk about this without giving spoilers but suffice it to say, Scalzi and Quinto deliver another interesting... (I was about to type "Dick-ish" here in reference to being Phillip K Dick like, but figured that could be misconstrued)... and thought-provoking "what if" concept, and I really hope there are more to come in the series.