After several months off, we hereby reconvene io9 Book Club. This month, we’re going to be reading The Red: First Light, by Linda Nagata!

What is this io9 Book Club all about? We meet once a month to discuss a book we’ve all read together, and then we have an online chat with the author — see our past meetings here. Because we’re starting up again, we’ll be giving you some time to read the book, and will be discussing the book next month, when we’ll have Linda Nagata stop by to answer your questions.

This month’s book is the first of a trilogy:

Lieutenant James Shelley, who has an uncanny knack for premeditating danger, leads a squad of advanced US Army military tasked with enforcing the peace around a conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. The squad members are linked wirelessly 24/7 to themselves and a central intelligence that guides them via drone relay—and unbeknownst to Shelley and his team, they are being recorded for a reality TV show.

Those of you who want to go the extra mile, dig into the second and third books, The Trials and Going Dark.

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For those unfamiliar with the io9 book club, here’s how it works: You read the book. We create a special book club post on io9 when the meeting is in session. That would be the post you’re reading. Then everybody talks about the book in comments for a few days, starting right now.

So, if you’ve read the book / trilogy already, let us know what you think!