Review: Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines

Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines

Synopsis and Details:

In his hilarious new sci-fi series, Jim C. Hines introduces the unlikely heroes that may just save the galaxy: a crew of space janitors.

The Krakau came to Earth to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species. However, they happened to arrive 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 around and go home. (After all, it’s hard to have diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.) Their second impulse was to try to fix us. Now, 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 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 team of space janitors and plumbers can clean the ship as well as anyone, 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.

Series: Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse #1  |  Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera  |  Release Date: October 30, 2018  |  Publisher: DAW Books  |  Pages: 400  |  ISBN: 978-0756412746  |  ASIN: B01N0232CC  |  Format: ARC  |   Source: Penguin Random House

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I can say with absolute authority that I have never considered the day to day operations of a janitorial crew on a spaceship and that was why Terminal Alliance appealed to me. I was curious to see how this story would be developed, also, the cover really intrigued me. I was not expecting to love this story as much as I did! It was a hilarious satire filled with double entendres delivered in the most serious of ways! I was immediately enamored with this story and its characters. Every character in this book is developed perfectly, including the alien species. I adored how the aliens were written in an environment that was unique to each of their needs. There were such wonderful details throughout the reading of this book that I did not want to set it down!

Mops and her crew were a lot of fun to follow. When all the chips were down it was up to Mops to keep her crew in line and keep her eye on the prize. Which, in this case, was saving the crew aboard the ship who appeared to have reverted back to their feral, pre “re-education” state. Without a clear plan or an inkling of how they were going to be successful, Mops knew that she was going to have to try and do the impossible. What she never expected was to uncover secrets that would put everything she knew into an entirely different perspective. Terminal Alliance was a perfect read that had all the right components! It was witty, snarky, creative, moving, and even had a great cover-up plot. I absolutely loved it and I am eagerly anticipating its sequel!

*Thank you to DAW Books for this complimentary copy of Terminal Alliance*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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About the Author:

Author Jim C. Hines

Jim C. Hines’ first novel was Goblin Quest, the humorous tale of a nearsighted goblin runt and his pet fire-spider. Actor and author Wil Wheaton described the book as “too f***ing cool for words,” which is pretty much the Best Blurb Ever. After finishing the goblin trilogy, he went on to write the Princess series of fairy tale retellings and the Magic ex Libris books, a modern-day fantasy series about a magic-wielding librarian, a dryad, a secret society founded by Johannes Gutenberg, a flaming spider, and an enchanted convertible. He’s also the author of the Fable Legends tie-in Blood of Heroes. He’s now writing humorous science fiction with the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse trilogy. His short fiction has appeared in more than 50 magazines and anthologies.

Jim is an active blogger about topics ranging from sexism and harassment to zombie-themed Christmas carols, and won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2012. He has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters in English, and lives with his two children in mid-Michigan. 

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