Terminal Uprising (2019) is the second novel in Jim C. Hines’ JANITORS OF THE POST-APOCALYPSE series. It follows Terminal Alliance, which should be read first. There you’ll meet “Mops” Adamopoulos, the boss of a human janitorial crew that works for the Krakau aliens. These friendly aliens saved humanity by genetically engineering thousands of humans after the Earth was ravaged by a virus that turned everyone into zombies.
It’s been a few months since Mops and her crew found themselves accidentally in charge of the spaceship Pufferfish. They had quite an adventure and they discovered a secret about their benign Krakau hosts and about what might have caused the virus outbreak that killed off most of humanity.
Now they’ve been given orders to take the Pufferfish and rendezvous with some aliens who will give them important information about something that’s happening back on the devastated and abandoned Earth. The meeting place is in the lungs of an enormous creature that lives in outer space. (Let the snot jokes begin.)
After the meeting, Mops and her crew must travel to Earth to follow up on the intel they received. On Earth they team up with some librarians (who doesn’t love librarians?) to defeat a mad scientist (who doesn’t love a mad scientist?) with the help of an alien lawyer (who doesn’t love…. Oh, nevermind…). Maybe this is the janitors’ chance to clean up Earth.
Fans of Terminal Alliance will enjoy this new adventure in the JANITORS OF THE POST-APOCALYPSE series. I liked it a little better than Terminal Alliance because there are some cool new aliens, and because the humor is a little funnier, though it’s still sometimes predictable and repetitive and relies too much on what I’d call potty jokes.
Importantly, the narration of the audiobook by Tantor Audio is satisfactory this time. I had complained about it in my review of Terminal Alliance but, as I’d hoped, Rebecca Mitchell’s performance was much improved in this second novel. (This is not an uncommon occurrence with second novels.)
It seems that fans of JANITORS OF THE POST-APOCALYPSE are expecting one more book in the series. A quick peek at Jim C. Hines’ website neither confirmed nor disconfirmed this. I guess we’ll see. If a third book shows up, I’ll read it.