Review – The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

Posted April 20, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 12 Comments

Review – The Kaiju Preservation Society by John ScalziThe Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
Published by Tor Books on March 15, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Pages: 271
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

The Kaiju Preservation Society is John Scalzi's first standalone adventure since the conclusion of his New York Times bestselling Interdependency trilogy.

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, 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 who have found their way to the alternate world. Others have, too. And their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die.

I had a fantastic time with this book! I read because I want to be entertained and this book did just that in a spectacular fashion. I was hooked from the first page and just couldn’t get enough of this story. In a lot of ways, this is the book that I didn’t know that I needed. I am so glad that this book found its way into my hands.

The book kicks off in New York City during the Covid-19 pandemic. Jamie finds himself being a delivery driver for the same food app he had been working for in a more professional role before losing that job. He learns about a new potential job from one of his customers and decides to go for it. All he knows is that he will be working with large animals and his job will be to lift things. Before long, Jaime is in an alternate version of Earth that is filled with gigantic Godzilla-like creatures called kaiju. The work can be dangerous and Jaime seems to be in the middle of things more often than not.

There was so much that I liked bout this book. There was a lot of entertaining action in this incredibly uniquely crafted world. The book was rather funny. I loved the sense of humor that wove its way throughout the book. The characters were great and I really wanted to see things work out for them. Even the villain was well-done and quite easy to hate. Throw in a few science fiction references and you have this entertaining little book.

I would highly recommend this book to others. It was the kind of story that is just fun to lose yourself in for a little while. I am definitely going to have to read more of this author’s work very soon.

About John Scalzi

JOHN SCALZI is one of the most popular SF authors of his generation. His debut, Old Man’s War, won him the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His New York Times bestsellers include The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, Redshirts (which won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel), and 2020’s The Last Emperox. Material from his blog, Whatever (whatever.scalzi.com), has earned him two other Hugo Awards. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.

12 responses to “Review – The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

    • I have only read a couple of novellas before picking up this book. I am definitely a fan of his work after reading this book!