Human civilization didn’t just fall. It was pushed.
The Krakau came to Earth in the year 2104. By 2105, humanity had been reduced to shambling, feral monsters. In the Krakau’s defense, it was an accident, and a century later, they did come back and try to fix us. Sort of.
It’s been four months since Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos learned the truth of that accident. Four months since she and her team of hygiene and sanitation specialists stole the EMCS Pufferfish and stopped a bioterrorism attack against the Krakau homeworld. Four months since she set out to find proof of what really happened on Earth all those years ago.
Between trying to protect their secrets and fighting the xenocidal Prodryans, who’ve been escalating their war against everyone who isn’t Prodryan, the Krakau have their tentacles full.
Mops’ mission changes when she learns of a secret Krakau laboratory on Earth. A small group under command of Fleet Admiral Belle-Bonne Sage is working to create a new weapon, one that could bring victory over the Prodryans … or drown the galaxy in chaos.
To discover the truth, Mops and her rogue cleaning crew will have to do the one thing she fears most: return to Earth, a world overrun by feral apes, wild dogs, savage humans, and worse. (After all, the planet hasn’t been cleaned in a century and a half!) What Mops finds in the filthy ruins of humanity could change everything, assuming she survives long enough to share it.
Perhaps humanity isn’t as dead as the galaxy thought.
For this enjoyable second installment of the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse series, Hines continues to focus on unlikely protagonists for a military science fiction story: janitors, lawyers, and librarians. After uncovering the truth behind humans' devolution into feral monsters in 2017's Terminal Alliance, Lt. Marion "Mops" Adamopoulos and her team of sanitation engineers remain at large aboard the EMCS Pufferfish, which they appropriated after the rest of the crew was incapacitated during a bioterrorist attack. Mops is determined to clean up the mess at the heart of the Krakau Alliance, but when her latest source of information turns out to be a lawyer belonging to the xenocidal Prodryans, she's taken aback. It seems there's a secret Krakau lab conducting illegal experiments that could change the balance of power in the galaxy. To investigate, Mops and her team will have to return to the most dangerous planet of all: Earth, with its terrifying animals and fearsome natives. Subtle absurdist humor permeates the narrative, derived from faulty translations, cultural references without context, and unconventional solutions to problems. Clever characterization and action-packed moments round out this thoroughly satisfying outing.