The Hugo Award-winning author of Redshirts returns with a pandemic science-fiction adventure: When COVID-19 sweeps New York City, food-delivery driver Jamie Gray makes a delivery to Tom, who asks for his help on an "animal rights" project. What Tom doesn't tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for are not here on Earth but in an alternate dimension—massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju.
Scalzi owes a substantial debt to the Japanese kaiju film genre, and to Pacific Rim and Jurassic Park, and he gleefully acknowledges the debt with references scattered through the book. Readers familiar with the early Scalzi novels Agent to the Stars (2005) and The Android’s Dream (2006) will recognize the same energetic writing style and lightning-fast pacing: this is Scalzi having a lot of fun.
Scalzi’s...prose is action- and humor-driven and includes just the right amount of the current climate to anchor the setting without wallowing in it ... Scalzi’s first stand-alone novel in several years is a wild ride filled with takes on pop culture, startups, governmental influence, and science.
A more ethical Jurassic Park meets the camaraderie of Parks and Recreation in this wonderfully witty and refreshingly earnest adventure yarn ... The hyper-current story spans March 2020 through March 2021, touching on the Covid-19 pandemic and offering exactly the kind of playfulness and hope that were needed during that period (and are still more than welcome now). The parallel world Scalzi builds is understandably dangerous even as he carries on the science fiction tradition of questioning who the real monsters are, but those realistically dark elements help highlight the more optimistic themes of collective action and preservation. The resulting escape is equally lighthearted and grounded—and sure to delight.