IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT
by Saci Lloyd
Pages: 288 (paperback)
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Publication Date: 1st January 2015
Received From: Hodder Children's Books
Received From: Hodder Children's Books
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.
"You must trust the mystery. No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place."
Where. To. Start... It took me a little time to figure out if this book was the creation of a loon or a complete genius, for the record I settled on the latter. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It is by far the most brilliantly bonkers book I’ve ever read. It’s unique, funny and mind-blowingly complex with something in there for literally everyone. From zombies to pirates, surfboard-riding robots to clones, and that’s not even mentioning the war over a massive ball of cheese. It sounds insane, it know! But trust me when I say this, it’s the best kind of madness and I couldn’t put it down.
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It is about a boy named Mikey and what happens when a wack-a-doodle scientist rips a whole in the fabric of time and space creating a parallel universe. The book follows Mikey and a whole host of other characters as they try to get him back to Earth after falling through the wormhole. However, it’s not going to be easy as the parallel universe, DEVA, is being destroyed by a sex-crazed algae called UltraRed. Hearing about the wormhole the Korporation thinks Earth will be the perfect dumping ground for the UltraRed… oh and did I mention the head of the Korporation is a cat named Önska.
The whole book is barmy but I think that the reason it works so well is because of its rag-tag group of heroes. We have Kix, a Kickass Pansexual Being. Blitzer the BlitZerbot. Professor Mori the… well I think he was a robot of some kind. Oh and DØØ & Σëë, who are in my opinion, the best part of this book… these surfboard flying infobots never failed to make me laugh. Although if you have an issue with spelling in books then they may not be your favourite characters as they have a habit of swapping the first letters of words around as they find the human tongue a little on the dull side. It’s this misfit group that brings the story to life; each one is unique and well thought through. Sometimes when reading a book that’s as complex as this one characters can fade and the begin to feel like nothing more than an after thought. However, Saci Lloyd has seamlessly put together a cast that feels relevant and exciting.
I think the only part I can fault is a personal thing, and that’s the dialogue. I struggled a little with the way Saci choose to voice the population of DEVA, I mean I’m not a stickler for grammar, not even close, however, there were moments where I had to reread a sentence or two which did feel a little tedious at times.
Overall, It’s The End Of The World As We Know It is a great read. It’s funny and new and unputdownable. The story flows and there isn’t a single chapter that isn’t filled with something out of the ordinary. I would recommend this book to anyone that is in need of something a little different and anyone in need of an adventure.
"Maybe I don't want to survive no more... maybe I wantz to live."
I received this book as an ARC from Hodder Children's Books to read & review. This is a 100% honest review.
Q&A with Saci Llody
author of It's The End of The World As We Know It
What was the inspiration behind It’s The End Of The World As We Know It?
Oh, it’s full of things I’m super passionate about – mostly the future, and what do we want it to look like. I feel we are sleepwalking towards some very scary stuff and I want us to stop and think about it. I also wanted to write something funny and play about with the world… I’m a bit over the apocalypse.
The residents of Deva have a rather strange way of speaking, why did you choose to write it that way?
Umm, let me peer into my subconscious. There’s a variety of dialects going on… ONSKA, of course, speaks like a LOLcat. The synthetics often have little tics like zeds for s’s (not sure how to spell that) I don’t know why… maybe feelz a bit like the futur? Captain Duchamp has a little French thing going on, to make him feel like he hasn’t completely sold out to the machines – probably in the same way that people who pirate load of music occasionally buy vinyl to prove to themselves they’re still good people…
Think quick! You’ve been sucked through a wormhole into a parallel universe, what is the first thing you do?
Get myself a robot buddy
Who was your favorite character to write and why? For the record, mine are DØØ & Σëë. They are irilliantly bnsane.
Oh mine is probably Kix. She’s so angry all the time. And so curvy.
Where did your love for writing come from?
I don’t love it. It kills me every day sitting in front of this screen, but I am HORRIBLY COMPELLED.
If you could pick anyone, whom would you cast as Kix & Mikey in a film adaptation?
Nikki Minaj and Seth Rogan’s younger brother/clone
What three books would you recommend to readers of It’s The End Of The World As We Know It?
Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole
SuperSadTrueLoveStory (for more adult readers. Very cool)
Here’s a random one for you. If you could live in a fictional universe that’s ALREADY been written, which one would you choose and why?
Lord of the Rings. Totally be Tom Bombadil.
What’s the most challenging part of the writing process for you?
The writing part. I love the thinking it up and the final touch ups.
In one sentence tell us why we should read It’s The End Of The World As We Know It?
It’s so much funnier than a cup of warm sick.
Lastly, is there going to be a sequel?
Dangle mah donglez! Of course. I’m on it right now.
The lovely people at Hodder Children's Books have sent me a signed, yes I said signed, copy of It's The End Of The World As We Know It to giveaway to one of you lovelies.