In this lively science
fiction romp, humans are part of an alliance of sentient species,
but they're considered a pretty low level part and end up
stuck in jobs that don’t require too much intelligence.
That doesn’t seem unfair, especially considering the
humans accidentally turned earth into a planet of ravenous
feral creatures focused on eating anything and anyone that
got to close.
a race of octopus-like creatures, is curing humanity one person
at a time in order to use them. After all, humans are resilient
and hardy. But then a terrorist attack releases the feral
plague again, this time aboard the Alliance ship Pufferfish.
The only survivors are the ship's janitors and plumbers. Now
this tiny group has to overcome feral humans, evil conspiracies,
and even those they’ve trusted the most if they hope
to stop the plague from spreading.
of putting janitors in charge of a high-tech warship is a
great one, offering endless chances for humor and some wonderfully
believable struggles with the technology. Often luck and ingenuity
win the day, making the book a wonderful tribute to humanity's
spunk, its strengths and its weaknesses. The janitors must
stumble through layers of deception to find out the truth
behind humanity's history and give it a hope for the future.
the main characters, Mops, and her stubborn refusal to give
up no matter what the situation. And the cast of unique aliens
that populate the novel are fascinating. This is the kind
of novel that leaves me looking forward to following this
group on future adventures throughout the series.