I enjoy Jim C. Hines’ writing, mostly because it tends to be on the fun, quirky side… like me :p. I fell in love with Jig the Goblin years ago, and when I saw Terminal Alliance on the shelves at our local brick and mortar, I thought this was perfect because I love space and I love humor, so what a great combination. Hines tends to pay great attention to detail and every time he puts a book out, you’re almost guaranteed for an exciting, and at least mildly silly read.
Terminal Alliance was exactly what one would expect from Hines. It was funny, silly, ironic, and goofy. Though I suspect I wasn’t really in the mood for this type of book at the time I picked it up because it took me an eternity to read, and I started to wonder if there was something wrong with my brain. There’s not. And there’s nothing wrong with this book. Trust me when I tell you the length of time it took me to read is not a reflection the book’s quality. It’s a good read, and I liked it, so let’s talk about the plot a little.
Most of humanity was wiped out by a plague that basically turned them into zombies, and when an alien species arrived to bring them into an intergalactic alliance they weren’t exactly sentient anymore. Recovering specimens, the aliens sought to fix them and basically remake them into… something else.
Marion Adamopoulous, also known as Mops, is a Lieutenant on a Mercenary Corps ship known as the Pufferfish. In charge of Sanitation, no one knows there way around a mess like Mops and her crew, so when they’re thrust into the biggest mess imaginable, it’s up to her team figure out exactly why the humans on their ship have reverted to mindless zombies bent on eating their fellow humans. What follows is an intriguing plot, some great banter, and a few memorable characters.
The writing was top notch, with Hines drawing from a number of fun cultural bits to shape the situation and the world.
Overall, I give it 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone who loves humorous science fiction stories with a decent mystery woven in and lots of bizarre aliens.