For my very first book review, and in honor of Halloween month, I decided to review a recent read that had my skin crawling and my stomach hurting from laughing so hard.
The Unnoticeables by Robert Brockway, Book One of the Vicious Circuits Series
Genre (according to me):
Adult, Urban Fantasy
5/5: This book earns the SIR Seal of Approval
For people who like:
dark comedy, multiple POVs, monsters, series
In a nutshell:
Spanning the 1970s to 2010s, two characters discover nefarious elements seeking to “solve” humanity, like an equation. Turns out, empty humans are more than creepy and angels aren’t what we thought they were.
Why I liked it:
First and foremost, Brockway is HILARIOUS! I found myself laughing out loud almost every single page. His characters are sarcastic in all the right ways, and their inner dialogue moves the story forward in a compelling way. The contrast between the two main characters, Carey and Kaitlin, is enhanced by perhaps the most interesting element of the novel’s structure: the time difference. Carey, a 1970s punk, is one of those characters you immediately fall in love with for all their quirkiness. He is a quintessential punk and vivid from the start. Kaitlin isn’t your stereotypical LA movie-star wannabe—she’s a stuntwoman and not at all in love with Hollywood, but she makes it work anyway.
The monsters in this thing are unequivocally unique. I loved the innovation of dark entities trying to “solve humans”, and what happens when they aren’t neatly solved…or as Brockway puts it, when there’s a remainder. The remainders were truly the most horrifying of the bunch. Without spoiling anything, one character in particular skeezed me out and had me awake at night if I wasn’t careful about when I put the book down. Hint: it’s the one that mirrors Mario Lopez.
I gave this book all the shits because I kept wanting to pick it back up, and was excited about reading the second. I’m in the middle of book two now, The Empty Ones, and so far I love it just as much.
About the Author:
I had the pleasure of meeting Robert at Denver Comic Con 2017, after I sat by him on my first panel, ever. I’ve talked to him a few times since then, and he’s just as funny as you’d expect from his writing. On top of that, he’s just a really cool, nice, genuine guy. That makes his books that much more enjoyable.
To see what I mean, here’s his bio on Goodreads:
I am Robert Brockway.
I am an editor and columnist for Cracked.com.
I am an author.
I wrote The Unnoticeables trilogy from Tor Books.
I wrote Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity.
I wrote Everything is Going to Kill Everybody.
I live in Portland, Oregon.
I dislike raisins.
I am right behind you.
No, still behind you.
Behind you, again.
You are now spinning in circles.
I highly recommend following him on Twitter. I laugh at almost every Tweet.
Never stop reading,
*This review is purely my own opinion. I read this book for fun and am sharing it because I wanna.
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