Title: It’s the End of the World As We Know It
Author: Saci Lloyd
Published: January 1st 2015
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Humour
Length: 288 pages
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Welcome to a world controlled by a megalomaniac Lolcat. A world where data pirates, zombies and infobots on surfboards roam free. A world at war over cheese … When teenager Mikey Malone gets sucked through a wormhole into this parallel world, he discovers a power-crazed corporation is planning to use Earth as a dumping ground for an uncontrollable poisonous algae. It’s a race against time for Mikey and his rebel friends to stop the ruthless tyrants from getting their way. A laugh-out-loud-funny new sci-fi series from Costa-shortlisted author Saci Lloyd, perfect for devotees of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams.
Considering this book was described as being similar to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I was really looking forward to it. I was a bit disappointed by it overall though.
The story itself is quite good. I enjoyed the crazy Deva adventures that ‘monkey boy’ Mikey got up to when he was sucked into another dimension. The foulmouthed parrot was easily the best thing, although it made very few appearances – it was the only thing about the book that made me laugh out loud.
The CEO of the Deva Korporation is described as a LolKat – and it is exactly what you would expect from that. It even speaks lyk ths 4 the hole tym. It was too irritating for me, personally. I hate text like that and to see it as dialogue for one of the more prominent characters was really off putting.
Another thing that I didn’t like was the end. It left me feeling unsatisfied. There was no resolution, just a massive cliffhanger and the even bigger unanswered question of who GERILLR even is. The whole story revolves around the hacker GERILLR; he’s the one who pulled them all together in the other dimension, he’s the one who hacks into the Korporation, he’s the one who shows them where the mouth of the rip is. Yet, by the end of the book, we still have no idea who he is or how he knew everything that was happening.
It was a decent book, but it left me feeling a bit irritated and frustrated overall.
You can pre-order this book here.
About the Author
Saci Lloyd was born in Manchester, but raised in Anglesey where she spent a lot of time lost in nature or down by the shore.
Saci returned to Manchester as an undergraduate, but soon quit University for a life of glamour. At various points in the glitz she has worked as a very bad cartoonist, toured the States in a straightedge band, run an interactive media team at an advertising agency, co-founded a film company and finally wound up as head of media at NewVIc. She’s now stepped down from that post, but continues her association with the college.
Her first novels, The Carbon Diaries series came out September 2010 to critical acclaim and have been optioned by Company Pictures. They have been translated into fifteen languages.