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.
My thoughts: imagine if Godzilla, the Loch Ness Monster and other huge creatures were real, lived in an alternate Earth next to ours (parallel universe theory) and were living nuclear reactors. Please watch Jurassic Park and remember the lessons – then enter the weird world of the Kaiju Preservation Society.
Jamie loses his job and ends up delivering food during 2020 and the delights of lockdown, until he’s offered a somewhat mysterious job – “lifting things” for the KPS. He can’t tell anyone where he’s going, or exactly what he’ll be doing there. But it’ll be the biggest adventure ever.
Completely bonkers, very funny and clever, this is the best pandemic response in fiction I’ve read so far. Escaping to another world where your most pressing worry is being eaten by various creatures and not a terrible virus is probably preferable when you think about the last two years. Even if there’s invariably some asshole billionaire causing trouble. Do not steal the monsters. I mean, honestly, who does that?
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own