Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a funny, creepy science fiction short story by one of my favorite authors. I don’t even like short stories, but I loved this one.

Clint was abducted by aliens while taking a hike with his friend in a park. His friend was eaten alive in front of him, but because Clint is a physicist, he’s given a shirt that says DO NOT EAT and saved along with five other scientists for a mysterious purpose. Clint and the other five discover that there are fifty thousand additional humans on board and are the alien’s food supply for their trip home. The aliens have been searching for a planet that will provide a food source for their home world, and are rushing home to tell the others about Earth. Once Clint and the others learn this, they are determined to do whatever it takes to stop the aliens from telling their home world about Earth.

The book is expertly written by Kevin Hearne, who has become one of my favorite writers. It’s original and witty, with a fast-moving plot. Hearne is skilled at writing conversations, and his snark skill is strong. I laughed out loud on several occasions. This a fun and quick read that I highly recommend you check out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Subterranean Press. All opinions are my own.