Series: Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse
Published by Penguin Group USA on November 7, 2017
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
Pages: 366 pages
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kristina
When the Krakau came to Earth, they planned to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species.
This would have worked out better for all involved if they hadn’t arrived after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilization. You know—your standard apocalypse.
The Krakau’s first impulse was to turn their ships around and go home. After all, it’s hard to establish diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.
Their second impulse was to try to fix us.
A century later, human beings might not be what they once were, but at least they’re no longer trying to eat everyone. Mostly.
Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she’s in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack by an alien race wipes out the Krakau command crew and reverts the rest of the humans to their feral state, only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact.
Escaping the attacking aliens—not to mention her shambling crewmates—is only the beginning. Sure, Mops and her assortment of space janitors and plumbers can clean the ship, but flying the damn thing is another matter. As they struggle to keep the Pufferfish functioning and find a cure for their crew, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could threaten the entire alliance.
A conspiracy born from the truth of what happened on Earth all those years ago…
While I am not super great at keeping up with what's "in" in science fiction books, Jim C. Hines is always on my radar for some fun, creative science fiction storytelling when I do decided to delve into this genre. TERMINAL ALLIANCE is a hilarious and thrilling journey through a post-apocalyptic world. It also makes some thoughtful social commentary on our current times through the lens of a future human/alien alliance of sorts. One issue I have with the book is that there are so many plots that it was difficult to focus on what was happening. Other than that issue I enjoyed the hilarious dialogue and vivid universe created in TERMINAL ALLIANCE.
On the character front, I came for janitors in space and got so much more. Not only do we get hijinks of this motley crew of recreated humans on a romp through the galaxy, we also get a rather fascinating species of aliens trying to revive humans through reading our "old" media and guesswork. I loved their humorous analysis and commentary on some of our historic texts including Dr. Seuss, Shakespeare, and various religious texts. I also loved learning all about just how humanity got so messed up in this story and how the recreated ones are surviving and learning about themselves along the way.
For science fiction, this is science fiction storytelling at it's best and not too serious which makes is a great read for those who might shy away from the genre for one reason or another. TERMINAL ALLIANCE has action and danger but most of all it has witty, humorous fun with its plot and characters that made this an exciting read.Series Titles:
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