“We killed this big hairy thing and that big hairy thing. And that was our day. You know what I mean.” ― Andrew Smith,
I discovered this book by reading the author’s blurb on the cover the not-so-great book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I was a bit skeptical since I could not stand Simon, but the reviews won me over, and I am super glad they did.
Austin is confused. He is confused about his best friend Robby, his girlfriend Shann, his mother, his father, his brother, but mainly he is confused about himself. The unfortunate part is that he does really have time to ponder about it. The story quickly launches into Austin and Robby accidentally breeding massive grasshopper from an old scientist’s chemical compound, and the race to save the planet begins.
The language and movement of the writing are brilliant! If there is one drawback, it is that Smith has this reoccurring theme of Austin repeating things over and over again as he documents his history. It pulls you out of the thrill of bug attacks and mysteries of life choices, (and gets kind of annoying towards the end when you are ready to find out what is happening). Other than that, the book is near impossible to put down.