The Kaiju Preservation Society (Hardcover)

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Hilarious. Jamie Gray is trying to survive Covid as a fast food delivery driver when he gets an offer to work for KPS (Kaiju Preservation Society), an animal rights activist group that works with "large animals". If Jamie had remembered that Kaiju is the Japanese name for monsters like Godzilla he would have realized he was not going to be working with bears or elephants. The shock of learning that Godzilla was real and that he would be working in an alternate Earth is a funny and enjoyable ride. This is not a big complex book; as the author says in the afterword "It's a pop song. It's meant to be light and catchy". The book reminds me of Scalzi's Redshirts; his poke at Star Trek.

Ben Parker

This hilarious science fiction novel is a delightful confection. After losing his job during Covid, Jamie winds up as a grunt for a mysterious NGO - that turns out to be based on an alternate version of earth, with a mission to protect giant nuclear monsters. I laughed out loud more than once as I read. — Rachel Person

If you have been looking for a book you won't be able to put down, look no further. When Jaime Gray loses his corporate job right at the start of the pandemic he’s stuck working as a delivery driver, barely making ends meet. But when he delivers food to an old acquaintance who offers him a job specializing in “large animals,” it will change his life forever. This long-awaited sci fi reads like a summer blockbuster, but as humorous as your favorite comedy special. This is the story of mountain-sized monsters, snarky scientists, and the efforts to study a world so much like our own, but so vastly different. — Jordan Starks

I wasn't expecting to cry after I finished this book. It doesn't even have a sad ending or a happy enough ending that will make you cry happy tears! I just got so attached to the characters and I was very happy with all of their endings. This book had me loling on almost every page. I especially love how all of the characters have their own sort of humor without each of them sounding repetitive or alike in any way. 10/10 would sit front row if this ever turned into a movie. 10/10 would recommend. 10/10 one of my faves of 2023 so far... and it's only March... — Ashley Newberg

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“I giggle-snorted my way through this, then watched all of my favorite kaiju movies. This book will make you laugh in public and feed the hope that kaiju are secretly hiding somewhere (in an alternate dimension?!). This book is glorious!”
— Annie Carl, The Neverending Bookshop, Edmonds, WA


The Kaiju Preservation Society is John Scalzi's first standalone adventure since the conclusion of his New York Times bestselling 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 least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm, 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 have found their way to the alternate world. Others have, too. And their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die.

About the Author

JOHN SCALZI is one of the most popular SF authors of his generation. His debut, Old Man's War, won him the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His New York Times bestsellers include The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, Redshirts (which won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel), The Last Emperox, and 2022's The Kaiju Preservation Society. Material from his blog, Whatever (, has earned him two other Hugo Awards. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.

Praise For…

Praise for The Kaiju Preservation Society
“Scalzi's latest is a wildly inventive take on the kaiju theme”—Booklist, starred review

“Equally lighthearted and grounded—and sure to delight.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Praise for John Scalzi
"Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of good but thinky sci-fi adventure."
Kirkus Reviews on The Collapsing Empire

"Scalzi builds a fascinating new interstellar civilization in order to destroy it...Escapism full of guts and brains."
Ars Technica on The Collapsing Empire

"Provocative and unexpected."
The Wall Street Journal on The Collapsing Empire

Product Details
ISBN: 9780765389121
ISBN-10: 0765389126
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: March 15th, 2022
Pages: 272
Language: English