Title: Don’t Eat the Glowing Bananas
Author: David D. Hammons
Published: December 7th 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: Dystopian, Humour
Length: 212 pages
Source: eARC from publisher
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
It’s hard to find a decent brunch in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. But that’s all Henry Rosetta wants from the world. That, and not to be eaten by nomadic cannibals. Henry has traveled the nuclear bomb-blasted highways critiquing the finest radioactive eateries and cataloging his experiences. All the while, he’s been searching for the knowledge of why the bombs fell. It’s this hunger for specialty food and forbidden knowledge that brings Henry to the city of New Dallas. There, Henry meets a green-skinned mutant, a katana-wielding assassin, and a horrible dictator who claims to know why the bombs fell. Henry must help the people of New Dallas and learn the great secret of how the world ended. And maybe get a taco along the way.
When I first read the description for this book, I laughed. I thought it sounded hilarious and I couldn’t wait to read it. This is one of those rare occasions where I had high expectations going into a book and it didn’t disappoint me. I couldn’t put this book down, I was hooked from the beginning.
Henry Rosetta is just trying to find some decent food in the post-apocalyptic world that he finds himself living in. Writing down reviews of each place he stops on his journey, his humorous quips are enough for a good chuckle. As he’s travelling, he meets a mutant and a gun-ho girl who join him in a new quest to bring down an evil dictator who rose from the ashes after the bombs fell. Henry doesn’t want much from his new life, his only quest aside from finding good food is to find knowledge and the biggest piece of knowledge there is to discover is why the bombs fell in the first place. Teaming up with his new friends, they embark on an adventure like no other to finally uncover the truth about what happened.
This book was an absolute joy to read. I literally devoured this book like Henry eating one of his post-apocalyptic meals. I found not only Henry, but his new found friends to be such an eclectic and entertaining bunch that I didn’t want to stop reading and even when I was finished, I was kind of hoping for more.
Hammons takes us into what should be a terrifying and unpredictable world full of dangers and enemies and makes it light-hearted and funny and a romping great adventure. I honestly didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did but it completely stole my heart.
This is a story I’d highly recommend to others. It’s got everything: an exciting adventure, a badass girl out for revenge, a lovable mutant who wants to help everyone, an evil dictator bent on ruling everyone and everything, pirates! I could go on. Hammons writing style is so easy to lose yourself in, the time flies without you even realising.
This is an author I’m definitely going to seek out more books from.