Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Holy Crap! The World is Ending
There are back to back genuinely funny bits, liberally peppered with cultural and nerdy references, then * ka-bam* crap gets real. There are a fair few scenes which come on suddenly without preamble and which will offend some readers (concerning rape/murder/etc).
The writing is masterful and rapid fire. It reminded me a lot of Douglas Adams, or Grant/Naylor at the top of their games. Another reviewer was reminded of Shawn of the Dead. That's a fairly apt comparison.
The chapter headings and illustrations are perfectly hilarious and really add to the story.
This was a five star book for me right up until the last chapter. It ended so abruptly, I got reader's whiplash. Yes, I understand that it's the first in a series and the unresolved plot lines will be revisited later, but criminy, it just left me thinking "wait, what"?!
Interestingly enough, there's an afterword with enough conspiracy theory & alien/UFO info to keep the reader bemused for ages. I did not take the afterword info into consideration when tallying up stars and writing this review. A lot of readers will see the inclusion as an important part of the book and a positive thing.
For readers who are offended by fairly explicit sex or rough language, this book has both.
Altogether, a well written very funny book.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher