The Kaiju Preservation Society

Tor: Starscape. Mar. 2022. 272p. ISBN 9780765389121. $25.99. SF
Jamie Gray is working for a food delivery startup in New York City when COVID-19 hits. By chance, Jamie delivers to the doorstep of an old acquaintance who says there’s a job opening at his animal rights organization. Jamie jumps at the chance and discovers that the group’s work is protecting Kaiju, gigantic animals that exist on a human-free Earth in an alternate dimension. (Kaiju is the Japanese term for huge monsters, like Godzilla.) Humans are beginning to find their way to this planet, which threatens the Kaiju. The Kaiju Preservation Society must help save these dangerous creatures from their own world—and ours—or both could be destroyed. Scalzi’s (Old Man’s War) prose is action- and humor-driven and includes just the right amount of the current climate to anchor the setting without wallowing in it.
VERDICT Scalzi’s first stand-alone novel in several years is a wild ride filled with takes on pop culture, startups, governmental influence, and science.
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