by Gini Koch
Berkley Publishing Group
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 06 Feb 2018
Gini Koch’s Alien novels are fun, fast-paced and laugh out loud funny. You never have to worry, Kitty and her friends are guaranteed to be able to solve any problem thrown their way (the weirder the better) and make more friends and allies while doing it. For those looking to jump immediately in feet first, I would recommend taking a breath and reading the earlier novels first. Aliens Abroad has not only Kitty and her entire family, but also includes most of the retinue she has gathered over the entire series. At times it seems a bit like camp where the counsellor has a clipboard full of names - ready to call roll at any time. Needless to say everyone who is there gets to do “something” that requires the special abilities that only they have. It can be a bit tedious at times, not to mention hard to keep track of everyone. Kitty is the Queen Bee, coordinating everyone and keeping everyone happy (as well as solving all the problems thrown her way). It doesn’t leave a lot of room for plot but for the most part there is so much going on that you don’t have time to miss it.
Is Aliens Abroad entertaining? Yes, but it will definitely appeal most to fans of the series. If you are a newcomer looking for a strongly plotted science fiction novel, you are better off making a different selection.
4 / 5
I received a copy of Aliens Abroad from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Sci-fi action meets steamy paranormal romance in the Alien novels, as Katherine “Kitty” Katt faces off against aliens, conspiracies, and deadly secrets. • “Futuristic high-jinks and gripping adventure.” —RT Reviews
With the human population growing and alien refugees pouring in from around the galaxy, Earth is becoming too overcrowded to sustain itself—and the solar system is filling up with the alien overflow. Advanced technology from the Alpha Centauri and Vatusan systems offers one possible solution. It's time to explore new planets and see if any uninhabited ones can be claimed.
The President and First Lady, aka Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, aren't supposed to be on this mission, but what looks like a snafu during a political photo op on the newly christened Distant Voyager spaceship turns out to be a call for help from a planet that might be Earth's salvation...or its destruction.
The discovery of a world at the opposite end of the galaxy that seems like it could be a twin to Earth creates the usual issues for Kitty & Company. It also raises questions of Z'porrah and Ancient influence—not to mention cloning, the multiverse, and, scariest of all, whether or not the Black Hole Universe Police are starting to take too much of an interest in this particular universe.