Book Review: Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

 Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits
By: David Wong
Published By: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Page Count: 384
Source: Library Copy
Audience/Genre: Adult Fiction/Satire
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 A cat named Stench Machine, an unwilling trailer park heiress, a group of deadly advisers dubbed "the suits", the mother of all social media networks, ridiculous super-villains, and one of the BEST titles (and cover) I've ever seen are only a few things I loved about Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits.

This book is among my top reads for 2016, but it's not going to be for everyone. If you don't find good satire, crude humor, and gratuitous violence hilariously entertaining, stop reading. If you like all of those things, this book is absolutely for you. And this book absolutely was for me. There was one scene in particular that reminded me of Pulp Fiction, one of my favorite movies. You know the scene when the kid in the backseat gets his head blown off and it's absolutely hilarious? Yeah, this book is like that.

As the book opens, Zoey Ashe finds herself hunted by a madman who wants to tear her limb from limb on social media and as the story progresses, she becomes an unwilling heiress to her absent father's millions. Zoey was a completely believable and likable character in an over-the-top, scifi-ish universe filled with exaggerated and sometimes chauvinistic aspects of our modern life. The stereotypes are rich in this book -- an Asian tech goddess, a frat boy on steroids villain, a Latin lover bodyguard, and something called the Blink that feeds into glasses and 24/7 social media. And it is WONDERFUL.

Summary via 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.

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.