When I saw this book on the shelf and read the back cover, I was immediately intrigued. Kaiju you say? Conservation you say? The idea seemed like a great one, so I bought it.
Though I read it quickly, I found myself feeling a bit disappointed. It felt like it was lacking in all of the aspects I wanted it to... not lack in. The characters were flat and very difficult to distinguish; it has only been a couple weeks since I finished this book and if you asked me to tell you their names or describe their unique personality traits, I genuinely couldn't.
The Kaiju biology was kind of cool (the parasites especially) but there was never a point in which I felt like I was really getting to "see" and "interact" with them. For whatever reason, the writing in this one simply failed to pop. Scalzi was very open about what his goal was with this book in the acknowledgements and his mental state while writing it during the pandemic. To paraphrase, he said it was supposed to be a pop song, not a symphony, and for his self-awareness I commend him.