Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines

Terminal Alliance

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 ...

Details Terminal Alliance

TitleTerminal Alliance
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherDaw Books
GenreScience Fiction, Humor, Fiction, Space, Space Opera

Reviews Terminal Alliance

  • Beth
    A virus has decimated earth, leaving the humans mindless beast. Magnanimously, an alien race takes curing humans on, bringing them back to their previously cogitate being. Putting them in janitorial positions among their race on a starship. When the starship is attacked, it leaves the humans in charge, where they soon discover that the history they were told was not all they were lead to believe.Lots of antic, humor and action make this a fast-pa...
  • Chris
    I am the type of person who wonders where the bath rooms are on the Enterprise and the Death Star. Sure, the Falcon has neat hiding holes, but how are the toilet systems? Does the head have a seat beat? And how did Luke go to the bathroom on his way to Cloud City or wherever? Does the transporter take care of bodily functions? In part this is curiosity, in part this is because I would be the one losing her lunch in the bathroom, so I really want...
  • Catherine Schaff-Stump
    The author was kind enough to send me an early review ARC, which I appreciate a great deal. I have read all of Hines's books, and the reason this book gets five stars from me is it is the author's most ambitious project to date.Don't get me wrong. Hines is one of the most versatile authors working in speculative fiction today, and I love that he ranges far and wide in his take on the speculative. Terminal Alliance has so many moving parts. It mak...
  • Juli
    A plague on Earth killed most of humanity, leaving the survivors feral. Feral humans are incredibly dangerous. An Alien species, the Krakau, had planned to invite humanity to join an alliance with other sentient alien species. But after the plague decimated Earth, the Krakau decided to save the human race from their new feral existence instead. The Krakau can give humans "rebirth", returning them to normal, but it is rumored that injury or severe...
  • Leonie
    This is such a fun book, and its story is a fresh and original take on what could have been a real trope. The characters were marvellous, particularly 'Mops' and 'Kumar' and I loved the names that Jim Hines popped into the story at every opportunity.There are all kinds of subtle themes running through the story, and the humour made me laugh out loud at times. I'm really looking forward to the next one.
  • Ben Babcock
    Jim C. Hines has been on my radar for a long time, but I haven’t actually read any of his books until now! When I saw this on NetGalley, I was intrigued. I know Hines mostly as a fantasy writer, so I was curious to see how his science fiction would be. Turns out Hines’ Terminal Alliance reminds me a lot of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War universe. Save on Dropbox Ben BabcockSide note: This book was published in early November, but I was onl...
  • Deborah Blake
    Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse didn't sound like my kind of thing, to be honest. I read it simply because I love everything else Jim C. Hines has ever written. Well, I started reading it for that reason. I kept reading it because it was ridiculously un-put-downable. Apparently Jim C. Hines can be funny and clever in any genre. This book is like the deranged bastard lovechild of Douglas Adams and Elizabeth Moon. I'm already counting down the days...
  • Meigan
    Space-janitors, aliens, humor, and a plague of apocalyptic proportions? Yes, please. All of the above immediately captured my attention and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. When the apocalypse hits Earth and decimates much of the population leaving the remaining humans in something of a shambling, zombie-like state, an alien race swoops in to save the day. The Krakau have rebuilt the human race and the language, and now humans are ...
  • Audrey
    This was a fun space adventure. Humans on earth have sort of devolved into zombies, so this alien race takes them out a few at a time, cures them, and gives them jobs on their spaceships. On one of these ships, a bio-weapon takes out the command staff and turns most of the humans into zombies. Only the Health and Sanitation crew comes out unscathed, and they take it upon themselves to investigate what happened and cure their crewmates.It was funn...
  • Blodeuedd Finland
    Janitors in space, why not, I have seen it before (you have to watch Space Janitors, omg, looove that show).Humans as always effed up and are now mindless beasts. The planet is kaputt. In comes aliens, saves a few and put them to work. As mercs and as janitors. One of those janitors is Mops, smart, resilient and really good at cleaning. And suddenly she is in charge of a space ship and what the, how does one even steer this thing? Ha, perfect.I d...
  • Jeffrey
    Jim C. Hines "Terminal Alliance" is a fresh funny take on the classic science fiction trope of smart humans seizing their rightful place in a galactic universe controlled by a higher technologically alien races. Its slightly reminiscent of Andre Norton's "Star Guard", a classic sf novel originally published in 1955, in which Terrans have finally joined a galactic empire but are not allowed by the aliens who control the empire to go to the Stars o...
  • Kim
    I vacillate between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I really enjoyed the overall story arc but the humor got tiring at points. As a mom of 4 my quota for poop and butt jokes is filled outside of my recreational reading. I pondered giving up on the book but having read 2 other series by Mr. Hines that I enjoyed, I decided to stick it out. I'm happy I did. It is worth all the poop and butt jokes. I will be reading the next one when it comes along.
  • Cloak88
    Awesome novel, horrible cover for the audiobook.Terminal Alliance is a fun spaceopera-like story where the janitors are the heroes and humor and wit win the day. Now meet Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos a surprisingly bright human working as a sanitation worker in the alien alliance that keeps the peace in the galaxy.... and than disaster strikes.After a biological weapons kills all the aliens on board (the command crew) and turns almost all the gr...
  • Jason Sanford
    I loved Terminal Alliance: Book 1 of the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse. The novel reads as if The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy & John Scalzi's Old Man's War series conceived an illegitimate child in the washroom of an Imperial Star Destroyer. Funny, exciting, insightful and Jim Hines' best novel to date. Can't wait for the sequel.
  • Becca
    A really fun, funny, sci-fi romp. I enjoyed it a lot! It's got a good balance of action and interpersonal character development. It hit the right balance between fluff and heavy plot, and brings the reader along for a fun ride.
  • Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
    When a mysterious contagion turns most of the crew of the EMC Ship Pufferfish into feral zombies and kills the rest, Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos is left in charge of the few survivors. As a lowly human, she doesn’t have much access to the ship, but when Mops realizes that Krakau command intends to euthanize the human crew rather than try to save them, she commandeers the ship with the help of her minimal crew. Soon Mops uncovers a danger so b...
  • Donna
    Marion "Mops" Adamopoulus and her meager crew of spaceship janitors are the only ones left to save the ship after a disease that makes humans feral sweeps the rest of the crew. This was fun! I was wary going into this because sometimes my sense of humor doesn't line up with 'humorous' books. This story had me grinning several times. Mops is an excellent character - she's top-notch at what she does and is able to broaden this custodial outlook on ...
  • Lexi
    A delightful and humorous book about somewhat incompetent space janitors trying to save the human and other races. I enjoyed that the aliens were truly alien lifeforms and not just built on a humanoid form. The commentary on human culture including literature was amusing.
  • C. S.
    I'm flip-flopping between a 3 and a 4 here. This was a solid, enjoyable story, and I will be going on to the sequel. But not urgently, I wasn't left with the feeling if needing the sequel right this very minute. would definitely recommend for some light, entertaining reading.
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Years ago, humanity doomed themselves.It wasn't collapse by climate change, but a man-made epidemic that turned people in raving, frothing feral animals. They were only saved by the Krakau, who went against their initial instincts and brought humanity back into some semblance of their former selves—if a bit less intelligent and much harder to kill. But hey—at least they're not trying to eat anyone.Now, Mops is one of the members of the Earth ...
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyWhile 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...
  • Jennifer
    Like a 3.5 for me. I nearly gave up on this one, but was ultimately happy I finished it. I had a hard time with the beginning. An incident happens at the top of the book that leaves everyone on a spaceship incapacitated in a zombie-like state, save for four people (janitors.) But since the book has just started, we really know nothing about these four people, much less care about them. It wasn't until I hit the halfway point of the book that I fo...
  • Melissa Bennett
    This book was so much fun! I will admit that it took me about a quarter of the way through for me to really get into it. Once I got to that point, I had a ball! The characters are great, there is a lot of action, and a lot fun human history. When a plague hits the human race and turns everyone feral, a bunch of aliens, the Krakau, jump in and try to save as many as they can. These humans are trained to fight and work with the Krakau. Out on a mis...
  • Dan
    Giving up after 187 pages - this one just couldn't hold my attention. Parts were funny, but most of the jokes felt forced and I didn't care enough about the characters or story to keep going. However, I do enjoy Hines' Libriomancer books!
  • Nicole
    Review originally posted at Thoughts Stained With Ink:Ah, what a lovely read this was.It feels like I’ve been meaning to read Hines’ work for a while, now–this book, in particular. To be honest, I didn’t realize he had written so much else, because it was Terminal Alliance that always caught my eye at the bookstore (that cover, I can’t get enough of it) and it was only after I started following his blog I realized he had more books out ...
  • Sam Gor
    Finally we get aliens that are NOT humanoid!It's been a while since I last read The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, where also in that book, non-humanoid aliens were part of the main characters. I really enjoyed this book. All the technical aspects of the cleaning to the weaponry to the piloting. Executed really well. My complaint would be that things happen a bit too conveniently and our characters always get out of impossib...
  • Adam Duclos
    I love this book! It read like the Vorkosigan Saga mixed with the Man-Kzin wars, with a dash of Dirty Dozen, and I was enthused from the beginning, but was really drawn in a few chapters in.It also had a strong female lead, no weird sex stuff even though it would have been easy to go there, and celebrated people whose thought processes work differently than others.Also, spoiler alert... although this is literally in the Goodread's teaser...It was...
  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    True Rating 4.5 stars! 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 i...
  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    This is such a fun start to a new series. I loved the characters and their names, Marilyn Monroe is a male. Mops is janitor on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish. Something happened to the humans on Earth to turn them into feral beasts. I quickly caught on to what had happened but it takes a while for Mops and crew to find out. The Krakau arrived and started changing some back using some as soldiers and some like Mops and crew as cleaning ...