This book brings all the ridiculousness. And it’s bloody good.

Written by
David Wong in 2015
Summary

Basically, this is all the craziness, turned up to eleventy.

Review

Have you ever read a book just because of its title? As little kids, we’re always told that we should never judge a book by its front cover. That wise little adage is true for the vast majority of cases, but nobody ever breathed words of wisdom about the title itself. So, with some risk, I took to the task of reading Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits.

Set in a not all that distant future, Futuristic Violence follows Zoey Ashe, a nondescript young woman who lives in a trailer park with her mother and her cat, Stench Machine. Seriously, that’s the name of the cat. People have sent assassins after her, and the reason is that her estranged father, Arthur Livingston, one of the richest men in the world has died. And also, she’s literally the key to his vault.

Zoey is led on a wild adventure, pursued by assassins, and then by a crazy, power-hungry manic who calls himself “Molech”. Normally, the fact that he’s power-hungry and mad is enough to make the reader root for the good guy. Molech takes douchebag, and turns it up to eleventy. He’s not pure evil personified like a Sith Lord, but he personifies evil Ben Stifler.

David Wong (not the author’s real name), takes the action/superhero/villain genre and turns it into something akin to Kick Ass. The book is rude, crass and full of sexually denigrating terms, though most of this is Molech’s personality. He’s as one-dimensional as you get. But it’s also hilarious. From the Livingston company’s moustache logo, to the level of self-absorption displayed by Tabula Ra$a’s residents, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits is a little bit too ridiculous, but that only serves to remind you that people are only one step away from this dazzlingly off kilter future.

 

Rating

Mostly pure, unadulterated funny. But it does go a little overboard with the level of suggested sexual violence. Molech, dude, that is not cool.

Read this if you…

Are considering getting some augmentations and implants for superhero powers for Christmas.

Skip this if you…

Don’t like cats.

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