The Kaiju Preservation Society

Hardcover, 272 pages

Published March 8, 2022 by Tor Books.

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4 stars (4 reviews)

When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls "an animal rights organization." Tom's team needs a last-minute grunt to handle things on their next field visit. Jamie, eager to do anything, immediately signs on.

What Tom doesn't tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for are not here on Earth. Not our Earth, at least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm and human-free world. They're the universe's largest and most dangerous panda and they're in trouble.

It's not just the Kaiju Preservation Society that's found its way to the alternate world. Others have, too--and their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die.

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Review of 'The Kaiju Preservation Society' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I dunno, the concept was cool. On the other hand, every character had about the same personality, which wore thin as the book went on. It also suffered from what other reviewers have (accurately) termed a 'B-movie action plot' that was both shallow and predictable. Until this, I had been generally enjoying this book. It wasn't mind-blowing, but it was decently fun. Scalzi could have gone further, developed more and made something truly unique and worth recommending. Unfortunately, this just fell short.

Review of 'The Kaiju Preservation Society' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

If snarky, self-aware dialog and giant alien monsters in alternate dimensions are your thing, this is your book. It's got humor (of course), adventure, and bad guys you really want to punch in the face.

It's nice to have some moral clarity in a story, and also giant monsters who breath nuclear fire.