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I was leery of this book. You see, I like funny scifi books, so this one sounded right up my alley. However, I dropped Hines’s Magic ex Libris series after the second book because it had a great concept but a mediocre execution. I am happy to say that this book had both a nice concept and good execution.
Earth has been turned into a planet of (effectively) zombies and was on its way to extinction when some friendly aliens came along and figured out how to make these “ferals” sentient again and introduce them to the stars. The effect of this is that humans are now subservient employees to their saviors and also the most feared soldiers in the galaxy thanks to how hard they are to kill. See? As I said, it’s a great concept. I love that for once humans aren’t the weakest, plucky race in space. Soooo what happens when all the humans except the janitors on a warship revert to their flesh-eating state and murder the aliens onboard? Well, you get a crew of janitors trying to fly a starship and not get killed by literally everything else.
It’s pretty great. Similar to the Bobiverse series, if you are familiar with it, this author took a relatively realistic approach. No one knows how to do the highly technical things and they often make things worse - much to hilarious results. The story flows well and nothing feels like it came out of nowhere. Additionally, while this is a series, this book is isolated on its own with a satisfying ending.
So yeah, I recommend this book to anyone who likes humorous or light-hearted scifi.
This is a good book. It is entertaining and funny without being silly. But the stilted monotone of the reader makes it a genuine slog.