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New York Times bestselling author David Wong's Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick is the latest—and arguably greatest—sci-fi thriller in the Zoey Ashe Series.
In the futuristic city of Tabula Ra$a, Zoey Ashe is like a fish so far out of water that it has achieved orbit. After inheriting a criminal empire, the twenty-three year-old finds herself under threat from all sides as a rogue's gallery of larger-than-life enemies think they smell weakness.
On the eve of the world's most lavish and ridiculous Halloween celebration, a steamer trunk-sized box arrives at Zoey's door and she is shocked to find that it contains a disemboweled corpse. She is even more shocked when that corpse, controlled by an unknown party, rises and goes on a rampage through the house. Speaking in an electronic voice, it publicly accuses Zoey of being its murderer. This is the kind of thing that almost never happened at her old job.
The city was already a ticking time bomb of publicity-hungry vigilantes with superhuman enhancements and Zoey knows this turn of events is unlikely to improve the situation. Now, she and her team of high-tech tricksters have to solve this bizarre murder while simultaneously keeping Tabula Ra$a from descending into chaos.
“Biting humor and blatant digs at modern society overlay a subtly brilliant and thoughtful plot” (Publishers Weekly) in John Dies at the End author David Wong’s first installment of the Zoey Ashe Series, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits. Now, “one of today’s great satirists” (Nerdist) is back with Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick, the second installment in a “Technicolor tomorrowland.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Exhibiting Wong's trademark blend of the subtle and the absurd, the riotous second installment to the Zoey Ashe series (after 2016's Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits) catapults readers back into lawless, futuristic Tabula Ra$a, Utah. Zoey, having inherited her absentee father's vast criminal empire along with his fortune, must navigate her new role as a mob head, a task made more difficult by her pesky sense of morality and lingering hang-ups from her hard-knock childhood. Her existential crisis takes a sharp turn during Halloween season when a campaign of harassment against her escalates into a hostage situation and a corpse delivered to her doorstep. Then the corpse rises and accuses Zoey of murder. While working to uncover the meaning behind this gory delivery, Zoey must also come to grips with her every move being watched, critiqued, mocked, and emulated thanks to Tabula Ra$a's all-seeing technological network. Wong sneaks a nuanced examination of the surrealist nature of the digital age into the nonstop action, whipping technological, philosophical, and ethical questions into a wild romp that satirizes everything from the men's rights movement to gaming culture to the cult of celebrity. This is a brilliant modern parable disguised as pop fiction.
If You Love Jason Pargin’s Work, You Will Not Be Disappointed
This book is everything Jason Pargin does well: humor, wisdom, and a narrative that is equal parts engaging and vehicles to highlight his humor and wisdom. If you love his work whether it be from his columns at Cracked.com or his other novels, this book will not disappoint. Of course, even someone new to Jason’s work will find much to enjoy and takeaway in this novel!
The Saga Continues
The world of Zoe Ashe and The Suits exists in a parallel future closely adjacent to our own timeline. This series, is witty, funny, but most importantly thought provoking. It’s is a strong and bold commentary on the dangers of conspiracy theories, social media, fake news, and human behavior manipulated by well thought out systems of corporate greed.
You won’t regret taking a few days to knock this one out.
Frantic and Fun
This is an excellent follow up to Futuristic Violence. The pace is set early on and doesn’t let up until the very end. In addition to the gore and humor, there’s an interesting discussion on public versus self perception and the effects of ultra wealth on individuals and society. I really loved this book!