The Kaiju Preservation Society (Paperback)

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The Kaiju Preservation Society (Paperback)


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“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

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Hello madams and monsters. Boy, I have a good one in store for you all. This is the first book in a while that felt like the old world, but with monsters. Yea yea, we have many monsters in our current world, but these are much more entertaining and dare I say, less frightening? This is an extremely fun sci-fi comedy that takes place in the present.
Jamie Gray has been downsized out of a job during the pandemic, landing squarely in poverty. He gets a hot tip from an old college buddy about a lucrative job, IF he is willing to put in the time. The job has something to do with protecting large animals for extended amounts of time with no access to the modern world ...but he will be compensated handsomely if he accepts this job offer. What would you do? Jamie's dead end situation makes me say, "Bring on the large animals, and to heck with creature comforts!" So I dove into this weird, wonderful, wild journey.
I have never read Scalzi before, and from what I am told, I'll be picking up the likewise hilarious absurd tale of science fiction and fantasy, Redshirts. Scalzi writes smart, funny dialog without being dumb and punny. A taste of a line as a character receives some vaccines: “So, just to be clear, the choices here are ‘homicidal maniac’ or ‘shit Tornado?’”
At any rate, this was a book that I seemed to read at inopportune times. I always had to put it away too early! My recommendation is: carve out time for this, get your jammers on, fix yourself some snacks for the duration, and plan on not blinking until the tale is told.
— Alex Ness

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 (, has earned him two other Hugo Awards. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.

Product Details ISBN: 9781250878533
ISBN-10: 1250878535
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: January 24th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English

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