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 like books about kaiju so I was chuffed to be approved for an ARC via NetGalley. Describing kaiju as giant pandas in the blurb caused a few misgivings until I encountered the first kaiju in the book and realised they were not being passed off as panda-looking. I’m still baffled by the description in the blurb.
I really enjoyed this book. It had plenty of action without resorting to the somewhat stereotypical trope of kaijus on the rampage. There were shades of Jurassic Park in the story at times, which isn’t a bad thing in my view since I love the Jurassic Park books. This story deals more with the ethics around keeping the endangered kaiju from becoming extinct and/or going out with a bang due to their built in nuclear reactor systems. I enjoyed the science and liked the scientists and the setting. All in all this was a very fun read with the potential for it to be developed into a series.