Monday, April 18, 2016

The Regional Office Is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales,sounds great! "a brilliant genre-blender"

Booklist Reviews 2016 April #2
*Starred Review* You might want to get a firm grip on your socks before cracking open this one; otherwise, Gonzales is likely to knock them off. It's very difficult to categorize this mind-bending novel. Is it comedy? Science fiction? Thriller? Spoof? Whatever it is, it's pure excitement. The story involves a shadowy organization called the Regional Office, described by its mission statement as "a barrier of last resort between the survival of the Planet and the amassing forces of Darkness"; as the book opens, the Regional Office is being attacked by those very forces. As the mayhem progresses, the focus zooms in on two women: Rose, who's leading the attack, and Sarah, who's fighting for her life defending the Regional Office (even as her colleagues are dying around her). The story jumps back and forth in time, showing us how Rose and Sarah became the women they are today: Rose is a trained assassin, Sarah is a potential killing machine with a cybernetic arm. The prose is lively and self-aware (the author clearly knows his story is way over the top and has fun with it for that very reason); meanwhile, though, the action is pretty much nonstop, and there's a thread of melancholy running throughoutâ€"Rose and Sarah might have been ordinary young women if certain events, and the machinations of highly placed individuals who saw them as weapons, had not intervened. All in all, a brilliant genre-blender. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

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