#BookReview: IQ84 by Mike Dickenson

 

An unknown terrorist has released a biological weapon onto the American public. Anyone with an IQ over 84 is in danger – people’s heads are exploding – the country is on lockdown. Everything is about to change forever.

Luckily, some people are still alive. Like the President of the United States. And Congress. And millions of idiots determined to figure out why their heads aren’t blowing up.

Which brings us to David Dingle. He’s the not-too-bright guy whom this whole story revolves around. A lot of people revolve around David Dingle. Some of them include a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, an ineffective jihadist, a Grand Dragon of the KKK, a creationist and his very extended family, a pill-popping doctor, a drop-dead sexy clepto-nympho-suicidal-maniac, and a rogue Illuminati mastermind to name just a few.

Now David Dingle doesn’t know much about these people, but frankly, he doesn’t know much about much. He’s just a simple American with a government job and a fantastic phone who one day finds himself at the epicenter of the biggest biological terrorist attack perpetrated on American soil. And now everyone’s after him. Not cool. All the while, the President of the United States has to keep voters’ heads from blowing up before re-elections – things couldn’t get worse.

A timely satire that dives into the darkest corners of American Culture, IQ84 examines some of the most controversial issues in America today. It’s a book about freedom.

Published: March 2017

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My Review

You wouldn’t think a story about terrorism, biological weapons, and exploding heads would be funny, but it is. And maybe you wouldn’t think content that is mostly ironic and preposterous could also be intelligent and thought-provoking, but it is that too. This book doesn’t take itself too seriously, yet also manages to make us look seriously at the issues in which it’s poking fun.

It was a typical rainy day in Seattle, when the virus literally exploded on the population and the first person’s brain burst into bits, but we’ll get to that.

The content is not for readers easily offended by language or opinions. The author rattles everyone’s cage, all with a smirk and a shrug of indifference.

The plot is surprisingly complex, but the story never feels too big. The pacing is steady and quick, pulling us along on one of the strangest adventures I’ve ever experienced.

David stared at his comatose phone in tragic denial, poking the power button as one might prod a sleeping gerbil.

We have a large cast of characters that all manage to feel alive and important to the story. Most are overblown versions of themselves. The author pinpoints certain personality and behavioral traits, then expands them so that the characters reveal the absurdities within. You won’t find emotional depth, but you will find revelation.

Being an election year, it was only natural to have someone with no authority express their opinions.

In the end, I laughed while feeling a little queasy, because the truth of our society is reflected in the madness of these pages.

*I received an ebook copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.*

Thanks for reading. 🙂