Pure fun! With the year that was 2020, and even 2021, I’m so glad that 2022 brings us this delight of a book. If during 2020 you ever wished you could just escape this Earth into another one, well this is the book for you. After Covid hits and Jamie loses his job, he is unexpectedly offered a new one… protecting Kaiju on a different Earth. Pure fun and light on its feet, I couldn’t put this book down. It’s a feel-good story with monsters (spoiler: they aren’t the Kaiju) and karaoke, and maybe some science too.— Lindsey P.
“I giggle-snorted my way through this, then watched all of my favorite kaiju movies. This book will make you laugh in public and feed the hope that kaiju are secretly hiding somewhere (in an alternate dimension?!). This book is glorious!”
— Annie Carl, The Neverending Bookshop, Edmonds, WA
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.
Praise for The Kaiju Preservation Society
“Scalzi's latest is a wildly inventive take on the kaiju theme”—Booklist, starred review
“Equally lighthearted and grounded—and sure to delight.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Praise for John Scalzi
"Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of good but thinky sci-fi adventure."
—Kirkus Reviews on The Collapsing Empire
"Scalzi builds a fascinating new interstellar civilization in order to destroy it...Escapism full of guts and brains."
—Ars Technica on The Collapsing Empire
"Provocative and unexpected."
—The Wall Street Journal on The Collapsing Empire