Title: Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits
Author: David Wong
Genre: Science Fiction, Fiction, Humor, Fantasy, Comedy, Thriller, Horror, Dystopia
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Published: October 6, 2015
Page Amount: 384 pages
Blurb From Goodreads: 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.
Why Read: I can’t say with any confidence that I know where I got the idea to read this. Though, upon reading the blurb again – I can’t help but smile a bit and tip a hat to my past self, because it is rather funny. As many of you know, science fiction dystopian (well-written and funny) books are very much in my wheelhouse.
Review: If David Wong can keep up what he did here, then I hope for the future of science fiction humor. Upon Terry Pratchett’s recent death, I had been moping – because his particular humor was not only cutting, but somehow magically mixed with the ridiculous and fantastic Discworld. David Wong creates something entirely different, but somehow equally hilarious and absurd. He asks the question: What happens when a girl, who has grown in a trailer park, is notified that her father (who is a mega-billionaire and criminal [probably]) left something for her?
Zoey Ashe, character of the day, is not willing to put up with anything, and has no issues expressing her opinion on the goings-on. For that reason alone, her dialogue is sharp and far more realistic than the usual fantastical character. It fits in well with the weird and absurd horror that Zoey faces in the city. There are evil super villains, though they aren’t really “super,” nor are they particularly fantastical.
Probably my favorite part of this book is the humor aspect of it. There is a mansion that for all intents and purposes is a Playboy Mansion. There’s a session where Zoey is introduced to Spanx. She fires everyone… and then takes it back. There’s a traitor… and yeah, if you guess him – props to you. In short: the book is hilarious, and not at all the classic humor one would expect. It’s odd, and strange in ways that I cannot articulate cleanly. The end point is that if you are at all intrigued by smelly cats, super-crazed people, funerals that are parties, cyberpunk, or comics – then this book is for you.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars