It’s not often these days that you come across a stunning, fast-paced, cleverly-plotted teen novel that’s just about a kid wishing he was someone else in a genre that’s rife with vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches, and literal battle royales where you’re pitted against your fellow teens for a year’s supply of food in post-apocalyptic worlds. This gripping, insomnia-inducing tale by E.C. Myers has a rather simple story: haven’t you ever wished you could change something in your life with just a wish and a flip of the coin? This modern adaptation of W.W. Jacobs’ “Monkey’s Paw” (which scared the crap out of me when I was a kid and made me afraid to wish for anything for fear it would come true… with some scary-ass, dramatically ironic consequences) with a dash of theoretical physics, magic, teen angst, and romance and blended together with a healthy dose of snark was a hell of a good read that made me stay up until three in the morning. When is the sequel coming? There’s got to be a sequel, right? I have no idea what the author would do with our poor, beleaguered protagonist Ephraim Scott since the novel wraps up quite nicely, but I need MOAR from E.C. Myers, damn it. Crank it out!
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The cover of the book tells me that if I loved The Hungaaaah Gaaaamez, I will surely LURVE this book. Usually, I’m skeptical about claims like these because whenever I go to the grocery store to buy cereal and end up buying the store-brand which proclaim, “If you like Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, you will love Cheap-O’s Sugared Squares,” I always regret it because it’s just not the same. Do you know what I mean? For all I know, the only thing that’s different is the packaging (it’s a sinister-looking bear with a shady-ass smile, instead of a happy-go-lucky tigerrrrr with a kicky red kerchief tied around his neck) but somehow, it tastes different… my tastebuds are like, “For real? You couldn’t spend the extra dollar-fifty to get the real Frosted Flakes? We gotta contend with this store-brand shit because you’re a cheap-ass bitch? I don’t even know you anymore. Don’t talk to me. No, you can’t sit with me. Sit over there.. No, don’t even look at me. I can’t… I just can’t… Talk to the hand.” If you loved Wuthering Heights, you’ll love Twilight! What?! Thankfully, while this book has some elements similar to The Hunggggaaaaahhh Gaaaammmmez, it actually stands pretty well on its own. Oddly enough, it also reminded me of a strange, dark episode of Scooby Doo. Like Katniss Everdeen, the heroine Callie Woodland *raising one eyebrow* knows archery, is trained to hunt and defend herself, is a tough little post-apocalyptic chick, and has a little sickly sibling to take care of because there are no parents. Like Scooby Doo, there was an actual moment in the book where I was so sure Callie was going to pull the mask off the villain, gasp, and say, “Why, it’s Old Man Riley!” And the unmasked villain would glower and mutter, “And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids.”