Book Review: John Dies at the End by David Wong

16002055Title: John Dies At The End

Author: David Wong

Genre: Horror, Fiction, Humor, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Published: December 24, 2012

Page Amount: 466 pages

Blurb From Goodreads: STOP. You should not have touched this book with your bare hands. NO, don’t put it down. It’s too late. They’re watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you’ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it’s too late. You touched the book. You’re in the game. You’re under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read John Dies at the End, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me. The important thing is this: The drug is called Soy Sauce and it gives users a window into another dimension. John and I never had the chance to say no. You still do.

Why Read: There’s nothing like a hilarious humor-based science fiction book to work my way out of a reading slump. Granted, when I look at my list of the past year, I know logically that 35 books is nothing to scoff at, but there’s just something that’s been holding me back. Sometimes it is very necessary to find a book that hits all of my “Yes” buttons at once, and well, this book did it.

Review: I can’t resist a good second-person-pov blurb, and I certainly have trouble saying no to characters that sassy backtalk everyone in earshot. John Dies At The End was (thankfully) just what I needed. Every sentence within this book runs at a fast pace – just begging you to read faster, the characters react like normal people and the plot turns better than any rollercoaster. In short, I really liked it.

David and John, the two main characters, are immediately easy to empathize with – because who actually thinks that injecting yourself with “soy sauce” will lead to anything good? Granted, John isn’t necessarily the brightest bulb in the box – but he and David are absolutely fantastic to read about. Their antics, for better or worse, drive the book in a direction that I was entirely okay with.

Probably the best part of reading this though, was the changing time shifts between the present and past. There’s not really a clear division as to when the different parts are occurring, but the ambiguity makes it all the more interesting to read, especially given that the majority of the time is David narrating his own life story (and you can imagine, it may get a little bias).

The story was ultimately a very fun read, nothing too serious – and more often than not, it’s necessary to have a book like this in your repetoire. Part of the reason I enjoyed it so much was that it was simply a good time. I didn’t have to think too much or puzzle over facts, because the whole premise was ridiculous and insane (because why would logic ever matter?). I’d recommend this for anyone who wants to relax and read.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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