Terminal Uprising features the kind of universe that’s infinite in its reach, originality, and hilarity. The cast of characters making up the crew is downright brilliant, showcasing a dynamic somewhere between friendship and annoyance. Everything about the book is intriguing, and it left me desperate to read whatever comes next in the series.
It’s the inexperience of the crew that made the novel shine in my eyes. This is a group thrust into their current roles unexpectedly, forced to captain, fly, navigate, and fire back at enemies with no more training than a few hours reading manuals. They’re taking it a day at a time and we get to see them grow, individually and as a team.
I’m a sucker for a good creature feature, especially space whales (see this review for reference). Hines has ENORMOUS space whales with alien inhabitants living in their organs. That’s an A+ in my book. Earth’s evolved fauna also cause a few much deserved laughs (two words: dachshund horde). That humor is central to Hines’ charm as a writer, giving us any number of asides and hilarious moments. The combination of slapstick and witty banter is infectious, especially amidst this rag-tag bunch.
This is a great addition to Hines’ Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse series, but can definitely be read as a standalone novel. Look to Terminal Uprising if you’re ready to chase mayhem and danger while laughing all the way.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
By Jim C. Hines
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