The Kaiju Preservation Society is John Scalzi's first stand-alone adventure since the conclusion of his New York Times best-selling 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 at least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm and 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's found their way to the alternate world. Others have, too. And their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die.
Great characters and great story telling
The framing is the mind of a somewhat talented and earnest new employee of a secret government (?) agency that lucked into his position; it can be a bit childlike wonder sometimes, but it helps the story telling. It’s like a little fresh fun break from more serious efforts.
Good but Kind of Woke
Overall, once you get past the light hearted sarcasm and wokeness (i.e. using the pronoun 'they' in a novel is confusing and distrating - and I might add not nesasary) the book is well written and cool. Though kind of short for the moaney.