Review: The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

The Kaiju Preservation Society is ridiculously fun. It’s easy to imagine author John Scalzi grinning like a maniac as he was writing this. It’s short, breezy, interesting, and hilarious.

A miserable young man is stuck schlepping around New York City, working for food delivery apps, so when he’s given the opportunity to work for an “animal rights organization” he jumps at the chance, despite the number of strange hoops he must jump through.

There are kaiju (godzilla-sized monsters), and of course, things end up going very wrong.

Recommendation: Read it! Read it now! There’s a lot of heavy stuff out there, and it’s nice to have a relaxing palate cleanser like this book.

5 thoughts on “Review: The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

  1. I have read other Scalzi books (Old Man’s War) and enjoyed them. Picked this up a few months ago and devoured it. It was a highly entertaining, clever, quick read, and I recommend it strongly. I won’t say anything about the plot, so as not to spoil the fun.

  2. Thank you as always for your advice! I have literally spent hundreds of hours gleefully reading the books you’ve recommended over the many years I have subscribed to your newsletter.

    If you ever start up a Patreon I would join to express my appreciation.

  3. Loved this book. It is pure fun, although to my opinion not as good as some of Scalzi’s previous books. Interesting to see that you referred to the protagonist as a young man, while there is no mention throughout the entire book of their gender. Knowing Scalzi, and judging by the name he chose for his protagonist – Jaime – I’d guess this is no coincidence, and that he wants the readers to be able to imagine the protagonist both as male or female regarding of their own personal preference.

    1. Interesting! I certainly pictured the protagonist as male, but there may have been no good reason to do that. Well spotted, you.

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