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Terminal Alliance

(Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,324 ratings  ·  299 reviews
In his hilarious new sci-fi series, Jim C. Hines introduces the unlikely heroes that may just save the galaxy: a crew of space janitors.

The Krakau came to Earth to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species. However, they happened to arrive after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basic
Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by DAW
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Sherwood Smith
This is my favorite Jim Hines book to date.

His trademark sense of humor puts a janitorial crew aboard a cruiser in the middle of a mystery that turns into a plot that reveals far wider significance than anyone in this fascinating universe could conceive.

Basically, Earth's population was zombified, nearly obliterating itself before it was rescued by the Krakau, who managed to keep ten thousand humans alive. As humans are hardy and eat pretty much anything, they are useful for as a combination doc
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-paced entertaining romp through the galaxies.

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 to know.

Hines’ latest book is about those on suc
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 makes the philosophical statements he makes in his Go
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 stress can sometimes make humans revert to feral ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Babcock

Side note: This book was published in early November, but I was only approved towards the end of last month.

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Deborah Blake
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 until the sequel.
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 pretty much human once again, only they’re now in sp
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 funny to watch a group of janitors and plumbers learn
Blodeuedd Finland
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, humour
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 did have issues reading it, but that was ebook issu
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 on their own, but are only used as mercenaries beca ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-for-me
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.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 grunts (humans) into feral killing machines only Mops an
Jason Sanford
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: liked-a-lot, sci-fi
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 big, it threatens the entire Krakau alliance, and she is ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 life to bigger problems like an alien attack on th
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
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.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audio
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.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mostly fun read! A fresh take on a zombie apocalypse! In space! Mops and her crew save the ship with their janitor tools! I love the names taken by the humans for their second birth!
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 Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish. She's the leader of t
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

While 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/alien alliance of sorts. One issue I have with th
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
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 found myself the least bit emotionally invested in t ...more
Melissa Bennett
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 mission, one of their spaceships is attacked and the
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!
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 there! Of course, life happens, so even though I kept thinki
Sam Gor
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 impossible situations. One of the weaker aspects would be
Adam Duclos
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 immediately enamored with this story and its charac
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“Most Krakau massed less than the average human. They were roughly tube-shaped, with nine tentacles—arms—limbs?” 0 likes
“Good.” Mops pulled out her cutting torch and brought the triangular flame to the tube leading from the tank through the ceiling. It was only half a meter in diameter, which meant she’d have to leave her equipment harness behind and crawl like a Glacidae, but she should be able to make it. Air sighed out from the cut, making the edges glow briefly orange. The emergency shutoff valve in the tank clunked automatically as it registered a leak. Good to know the mechanical safeguards were working, even if the electronics were dead. It took ten minutes to cut a vertical hole wide enough for her to squeeze inside.” 0 likes
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