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Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits (2015)
by David Wong
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I'm, I think, somewhere around 70% through this novel, but I have to bail, so DNF, did not finish, due to the middle muddle of too-similar action that neither I nor the Kindle app could keep track of. I'd lost and found interest several times already, but this has killed the last of it for me. Many readers enjoyed it and I'm glad. But I needed less repetition. ( )
Picked this up on a whim because nothing on my TBR sounded appealing, and this was certainly something :D
Zoey is a 22-year-old woman living in a trailer. Her Dad is an ultra wealthy business man with less than legal practices, and she hasn't had anything to do with him her entire life. She works as a barista and is pretty close with her mom, who's more like a friend to her. She also has a noxiously smelly cat. And then her Dad dies, and the option if staying out of his world is abrubtly taken away from her.
This takes place in the somewhat near future and the sci-fi element is mostly technological. Tech has just developed to a point where morally questionable human trials have started on modifying humans into technologically enhanced super soldiers. However, it isn't the military that's doing it, but these villainous a-moral thugs that are hell bent on becoming gods, basically.
This book is first and foremost violent (as you might have guessed based on the title) as well as fun. Some characters are funny to the point where I laughed out loud, but we don't really take a deep dive into anyone's personality. Zoey is basically just fed up with the whole thing and just wants to go home, and takes repeated verbal and physical abuse. I liked her, but this might well be triggering to people who have a hard time reading about people being verbally abused for their weight. The abuse comes from vile characters and being a bigger girl is just a quality of her's as a character otherwise (she doesn't have self-esteem issues, she doesn't want to be smaller etc.) but it's still not nice to read.
This reads like a fun action movie, and while it had some decently quotable deeper points to make, this is mostly just very entertaining violence. A bit reminiscent of Deadpool in tone, if lacking the the loveable asshole main character.
Funny, full of action, quite entertained by it. Protagonist suffered from being overally incompetent and slotted way too easily into being a protagonist dragged through the plot by forces and taking very little action of her own. I addition, sections towards the end maybe got a bit too uncomfortably grotesque in places but overall I enjoyed.
I'm torn on this one, because bits of it were VERY funny and it had a gleeful inventiveness throughout, but it was just way longer than it needed to be and that killed it for me a bit. I loved the main characters and I think a series of short stories about their adventures could be amazing but the novel just felt too drawn out.
I received this book through the Goodreads book giveaway.
It sat on the shelf for months before I finally got around to it.
I read most of it in a matter of days. Easy to read, funny as all get out, and a bit of mystery as to what happens next.
It's a thoroughly enjoyable book and worth it if you have to buy it and don't receive a free copy in the mail!
Now, the trade paperback of the second book in this series comes out in just over a month. So I'll be going to my local store to snag it when it comes out because I HAVE to know what happens next!
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Fantasy. Fiction. Science Fiction. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:
New York Times bestselling author Jason Pargin takes readers to a whole new level with his darkly comic sci-fi thriller, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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