This novel reads like a true blockbuster film, with a lighthearted lead character wrapped up in something much, MUCH, bigger than he is. When Jamie Gray loses his job and gets stuck as a delivery driver during the pandemic, a chance run in with his old acquaintance, Tom, affords him an opportunity working with an "animal rights organization." What Jamie quickly learns is that this job doesn't take place on Earth, or, not our Earth, anyway. And the animals they're working to protect aren't like anything back home, they're kaiju, massive and dangerous, and at risk. It's not just the Kaiju Preservation Society who have found their way to this alternate world, and the biggest threat turns out to be what it always is, capitalism.
--Gary— From Gary's Picks!
“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.
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), The Last Emperox, and 2022's The Kaiju Preservation Society. Material from his blog, Whatever (whatever.scalzi.com), has earned him two other Hugo Awards. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.
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