Terminal Uprising (#2)

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Human civilization didn’t just fall. It was pushed.

The Krakau came to Earth in the year 2104. By 2105, humanity had been reduced to shambling, feral monsters. In the Krakau’s defense, it was an accident, and a century later, they did come back and try to fix us. Sort of.

It’s been four months since Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos learned the truth of that accident. Four months since she and her team of hygiene and sanitation specialists stole the EMCS Pufferfish and stopped a bioterrorism attack against the Krakau homeworld. Four months since she set out to find proof of what really happened on Earth all those years ago.

Between trying to protect their secrets and fighting the xenocidal Prodryans, who’ve been escalating their war against everyone who isn’t Prodryan, the Krakau have their tentacles full.

Mops’ mission changes when she learns of a secret Krakau laboratory on Earth. A small group under command of Fleet Admiral Belle-Bonne Sage is working to create a new weapon, one that could bring victory over the Prodryans … or drown the galaxy in chaos.

To discover the truth, Mops and her rogue cleaning crew will have to do the one thing she fears most: return to Earth, a world overrun by feral apes, wild dogs, savage humans, and worse. (After all, the planet hasn’t been cleaned in a century and a half!) What Mops finds in the filthy ruins of humanity could change everything, assuming she survives long enough to share it.

Perhaps humanity isn’t as dead as the galaxy thought.


“Subtle absurdist humor permeates the narrative, derived from faulty translations, cultural references without context, and unconventional solutions to problems. Clever characterization and action-packed moments round out this thoroughly satisfying outing.”

Publishers Weekly

“TERMINAL UPRISING cements the reputation of the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse as an exciting and rewarding series […] Overall, a strong edition to an excellent series that will appeal to fans of Becky Chambers.”


“This is a fast, tense, enjoyable romp […] Hines is damn good at banter and witty repartee, and at evoking strong feelings of empathy.”


“Fans of TERMINAL ALLIANCE will enjoy this new adventure in the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse series.”

Fantasy Literature

“If you enjoy a good dose of humor with your heart-warming science fiction, the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse is a fantastic series to read.”

Errant Dreams

“TERMINAL UPRISING was a fun and action-packed read that had me laughing the entire way through.”

The Arched Doorway

“This is a great addition to Hines’ Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse series, but can definitely be read as a standalone novel. Look to TERMINAL UPRISING if you’re ready to chase mayhem and danger while laughing all the way.”

Reviews & Robots

“If you liked Alliance, UPRISING is an absolute must read.”


“While there’s plenty of sewage-related humor and a healthy dose of satire in the novel, what’s really interesting here is the way that Hines handles colonialism and post-apocalyptic survival […] Hines displays a deft handling of how words matter.”

Den of Geek

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