Oh, the complications of being a teenager! Falling in love with your two best friends, one female, one male, then accidentally unleashing a plague that causes the end of the world. Philip Church narrates Smith’s novel with blunt tones, presenting a Vonnegut-like tale with straightforward prose. It works perfectly. The outlandishness of people turning into giant, murderous praying mantises is somehow perfectly balanced by the painful honesty of the teenage heart. Church takes the short, declarative sentences and, by simply performing them with a rapid, matter-of-fact delivery, captures the quick wit and sly thoughtfulness of the novel. Although Church has great energy and charm, be warned: The story’s narrator swears like a sailor. G.D. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2014]
Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2014
DD ISBN 9780698146723 $39.95
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2014
CD ISBN 978-1-4906-2338-2 $123.75 Nine CDs
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