Top positive review
Just plain fun
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 16, 2022
This book doesn't have any deep meaning to it. It doesn't have any world changing lesson that it's trying to get across. It's just plain fun. It's a summer tent pole movie in book form. This is all it wants to be and it's bloody wonderful at it.
The book supposes an alternate world where kaiju exist and are, in fact, the source of our own kaiju myths. We see this world through the eyes of a KPS "new guy" on his first rotation into Kaiju Earth. What I like about him is that he's not the "brilliant scientist who only he can save the world" or any kind of visionary or anything else. The main character (and narrator) is just a regular guy to takes a job, described as "lifting things" and "working with large animals" when he needs a job that isn't some crappy gig-economy delivery job. He's an intelligent everyman. We get to see this new world through his eyes and it's a pretty wonderful trip.
The book has snappy, amusing dialog (pretty much a Scalzi trademark anymore), interesting characters, just the right amount of descriptive prose to let you see the scene in your head without becoming tedious, and the right amount of science for the tale. By that last I mean that he gives science explanations for much of the wildness of the story but doesn't bog you down in details. I have no clue if the science is perfect or not, but it's done in such a way that you really don't care because it all holds together in service of the story. It sounds plausible, so you stay in suspension of disbelief and are happy to run with it.
Overall, an excellent book.