Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits – David Wong
Confession time, this book has been sitting in my to read pile for two years. It’s probably the best travelled book I own, having been packed for holidays to Spain, Portugal, Montenegro, Croatia, Malta, Scotland and Italy, but never quite making it out of the case and down to the pool. Shame on me because when I finally got around to reading Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits it blew me away.
Set in the not so distant future trailer trash waitress Zoey Ash discovers she is the heir to her estranged father, billionaire Arthur Livingstone’s fortune. Naturally this comes at a price as Zoey discovers when she and her wonderfully named stinky cat, Stench Machine head off to the desert city of Tabula Ra$a. Turns out the key to Arthur’s fortune was implanted in Zoey’s brain during what she imagined was a routine medical examination. The clues implanted in her head will unlock the secret to safe and stable energy sources for the organ implants that unlock the potential for people to become super human. It’s a hotly contested commodity, not only do Livingstone’s suits want the secret but so does the unstable madman Molech and he’s prepared to do all kinds of nasty stuff to get it, afterall who wants an unstable implant that could blow at any moment?. So what’s a girl to do if she wants to stay alive?
I loved this book, it has a story that is packed full of highly imaginative and exuberant thrills, nicely drawn characters, a touch of gruesome body horror and plenty of laugh out load gags. Zoey is sassy heroine who is never at a loss for a caustic one line put down, while Molech is a truly creepy opponent. Strange thing is that just two years on from when Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits was originally published some of the future technology that David Wong forecasted like driverless cars and wearable smart tech is actually happening at breakneck speed.
Sharp, sassy and very funny I give Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits a 666/666.
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits is published by our good friends at Titan Books price £7.99.