Thursday 21 January 2016

Review: Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong

Title: Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits
Author: David Wong
Publisher: Titan Books
Release Date: 6th October 2015
Synopsis: 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.This is the world in which Zoey Ashe finds herself, navigating a futuristic city in which one can find elements of the fantastic, nightmarish and ridiculous on any street corner. Her only trusted advisor is the aforementioned cat, but even in the future, cats cannot give advice. At least not any that you’d want to follow.Will Zoey figure it all out in time? Or maybe the better question is, will you? After all, the future is coming sooner than you think


I'd seen this book and thought 'I really want to read that' so I was ecstatic to get a review copy (thank you thank you!).  Lots of things spoke out to me about this, most notably the striking cover and I read the blurb and though this could be up my street. And it was up my street, round the corner and all the way around the block and back! It wasn't what I thought it was going to be, it was so much more.

There was a great balance of comedy and action that enveloped you in this great pace from the first car chase to the final gun fight. It wasn't even just these moments of action either but the inbetween bits were written with a pace and humour that made you want to keep reading.

I thought Zoe was a great character because she was, for better want of a word, 'average'. She was just a normal girl who couldn't help who her father was, but with consequences like no other (dun dun dunnnnn). She had a proper whit to her and the way she interacted with those around her and wouldn't stand for any shizzle, no sir.  Some of the supporting characters also played off steryotypes, but in a way that made complete sense, worked so well and played on the use of steryotypes in fiction.

I also really liked the balance of the futuristic with the modern world, and the play on the nuances of the world we live in, like the obsession with social media and recording information virally at every given point, that blended well. It was like Vegas was smashed together Iron Man and Richie Rich.

This book was a lot of fun, it had everything that I could want from a book and I'm looking forward to reading more of David's work (which coincidently I already own without realising!)


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