Saturday, May 3, 2014

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith - 388 pages

This book takes the standard teen dystopian novel and stands it on its head.  95% of the book covers the events leading up to the end of the world with very little spent on living in the aftermath.

Austin and his best friend Robby live in the small town of Ealing, IA.  Austing is very confused by his feelings both for Robby and his girlfriend Shann and terrified of losing them both.  Robby and Austin accidentally unleash a terrifying sequence of events involving the release of plague that creates an army of super amorous and super hungry six foot tall praying mantises. 

Austin is the first person  narrator of the story which can be grating at times because he jumps around much like the reader is hearing the story from a scattered teen but that technique does give a realism to what is essentially science fiction.  The start is slow but I would recommend this book for mature teens and adults who like science fiction and unique narrative voices.   

This book has been optioned as a movie by Sony Pictures:

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