A Winner of the 2016 Alex Awards
Nightmarish villains with superhuman enhancements.
An all-seeing social network that tracks your every move.
Mysterious, smooth-talking power players who lurk behind the scenes.
A young woman from the trailer park.
And her very smelly cat.
Together, they will decide the future of mankind.
Get ready for a world in which anyone can have the powers of a god or the fame of a pop star, in which human achievement soars to new heights while its depravity plunges to the blackest depths. A world in which at least one cat smells like a seafood shop's dumpster on a hot summer day.
This is the world in which Zoey Ashe finds herself, navigating a futuristic city in which one can find elements of the fantastic, nightmarish and ridiculous on any street corner. Her only trusted advisor is the aforementioned cat, but even in the future, cats cannot give advice. At least not any that you'd want to follow.
Will Zoey figure it all out in time? Or maybe the better question is, will you? After all, the future is coming sooner than you think.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Like a room of funhouse mirrors, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits amplifies and distorts familiar realities in grotesquely unsettling, dizzyingly funny ways. It’s the story of Zoey Ashe, a listless twentysomething from small-town Colorado who's thrust into a crazy adventure involving psychotic killers, burrito drones, and scarily powerful vigilantes with ties to her enigmatic dead father. David Wong—author of the cult favorite John Dies at the End—hallucinates the near-future metropolis of Tabula Ra$a, which Zoey describes as “the Blade Runner universe…holding a Mardi Gras parade.” From start to finish, Wong took us on a wild and entertaining trip.
Cracked.com executive editor Wong (This Book Is Full of Spiders) unabashedly trolls everyone and lampoons everything in this beautifully outrageous science fiction adventure. In a near-future U.S. that's even more narcissistic and technology-obsessed than the present, Zoey Ashe is a typical down-and-out young woman with an absentee father. She and her cat are more or less content to sleep the day away in their trailer park until a predator-obsessed Internet celebrity decides to stalk and kill her, with a million viewers following along. Zoey is rescued by some confederates of her father (who she learns is dead), which leaves her having to flee from his enemies, but his friends aren't much better. It seems as though everyone wants something from her, and she isn't sure what she even wants from herself. She makes it to Tabula Ra$a, a Vegasesque city deep in the Utah desert, where there are no rules and everything goes beyond over-the-top. Staying alive is Zoey's top priority as she and her sketchy new companions struggle to work out the mystery of her father's legacy oh, and save the world from a megalomaniac calling himself Molech. Biting humor and blatant digs at modern society overlay a subtly brilliant and thoughtful plot focused on one young woman's growth and survival against all odds.
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A Tale of the Trials of Testoterone
David Wong is an amazing writer with a way of drawing you deeper and deeper into the imaginative and terrifying worlds he creates. This book opens up a new universe for him to play around in, one in the not-so-distant-but-maybe-we'll-have-to-stop-for-gas-and-Taco-Bell away future where everyone and everything is a camera and what people are willing to do to bask in the limelight of their adoring followers. Through the use of his perfect combination of absurd humor and psychological horror, he makes jabs at things like social network culture, superhero fantasies, and men's rights activists with a villain that is just so real and terrifying that you really can't do anything else but root for the not-so-good guys Zoey hangs out with. I couldn't put it down, read it in two days and plan on going back to it for a more leisurely stroll a second a probably third time, like I did with John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders. Please do yourself a favor and pick this up, unless you hate fun, then by all means go back to knitting your second pair of your own underwear for today.
Is anything more formulaic than girl with grit overcomes all odds? Saves experts and professionals? But it works so I liked it.
A must read for fans of humor and sci-fi
I should have reviewed this book a while ago. Months after finishing it, I still burst out laughing when certain lines or scene descriptions come to mind. I'm admittedly a bit biased because I love David Wong's essays on Cracked and his previous two books, but I tried to be objective reading this book and I really enjoyed it. I don't want to give anything away at all, these sorts of books are best read blind. Just enjoy this wild ride. With every David Wong book, I always end up reading the last 100 pages or so in one sitting. It's one of those books where the more you read, the more of it you want to read. Like heroin.
This book is like heroin, go buy it!