You may have wondered, Where do all those giant monsters in the Godzilla movies come from? John Scalzi has the answer. In The Kaiju Preservation Society, Scalzi takes us on an adventure to a parallel universe, where Earth is sort of like Earth, but different. One of the key, immediately obvious differences is the large number of creatures of all sizes that can kill you. And by the way, the world's elite have known about this place for decades, carefully keeping it secret from people like you and me.
In a story that is part Jurassic Park, part King Kong, Scalzi keeps it light, with hip, young characters and a tone that makes me think, hmmm, it's possible. After Jamie gets shut out of a start-up she'd been working for, one of her customers somewhat randomly offers her a job. Little did she know she'd be working at a research center studying unimaginable creatures in another world. And of course, when money-hungry businessmen get their hands on some of the research subjects, it's all going to go wrong.
I haven't read a lot of Scalzi, but Kaiju seems different from the space operas and military sci-fi that made him famous. This is more of a diversion, like Redshirts. Kaiju was fun to read, and one can't help thinking it would be a blast to see on the big screen.
Thanks to NetGalley for the complimentary electronic review copy!