After being surprised by my enjoyment of the first Otters in Space, it came as no surprise that its sequel had everything I loved about the first installment and more. The plot picks up where it left off with our feline heroine Kipper on a ship with its crazy otter crew and our canine heroine back on earth dealing with the nitty-gritty of post-human politics and cat/dog relations.
All the humor and commentary from the first book cross over quite well, but the biggest addition (beyond the deepening of characters and a broadening of plot) is a mystery on Jupiter where there have been attacks on before unknown cat colonies on the gas giant’s moons. The answer to the mystery had me jumping out of my seat and squealing with childlike joy. Otters in Space 2: Jupiter Deadly is another great installment in a powerful series that goes beyond its surface of anthropomorphic, talking animals and dives into the deeper politics of our time and our mutual hope and fear of what awaits us beyond the bounds of Earth.
(reviewed the day of purchase)