Buy this book. I cannot overstate how much I absolutely enjoyed this fast read of a book.
The Kaiju Preservation Society takes place during the beginning of the covid outbreak so if you’re sensitive to that, you have my support and understanding and may want to skip this one. If you’re okay with it, read the book. I thought I’d have problems but it was so worth it.
We start the book with Jamie. He’s working at a tech startup and it’s the day of his six month evaluation. To put it short, his boss fires him. and with Covid on the rise, he has no idea what to do for a job except to become a food deliverer.
This leads him to meeting a guy on his job that he strikes up a bit of a comradery with who offers him a job at KPS and that’s when the story gets going.
I loved the voice of this story. It’s fun, it’s funny. All of the characters feel real and solid. Their personalities are fun, they feel like real friends. And the pacing is actually great. It never felt too fast, like things were just zooming by.
There’s a lot of diversity, various non-white names, a nonbinary scientist with a sassy attitude.
Also kaiju! The descriptions actually reminded me a lot of how Lovecraft described his monsters. Except better because there wasn’t any racism in it. Just creatures so strange that they didn’t make sense to look at so how do you describe them?
All in all, it gets five (5) stars from me.
I thought the ending might have been a little contrived because of the villain but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Which I hated because wow some people just suck. You will absolutely hate the villain. And you will love Jaime. And I loved this book.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to them and the publisher.