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 love the premise of this book. It’s so timely with what we all experienced during the COVID shut-down. And to take a secret job that promises a paycheck with stability, Jamie just can’t pass it up. And despite the crazy scenario of protecting the Kaiju in a completely alien world, Jaime thrives. He may not have the degrees that his peers do, but he has the critical thinking and bravery needed.
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced adventure. Full of humor, suspense, and an alien landscape where literally everything can kill you – Scalzi, once again, knocks it out of the park with this inspired and fantastic story. SciFi fans won’t want to miss this latest standalone book by one of the genre’s finest.