What leads a normal bloke to become super-obese? So big that he is a shut-in in his own home. And what happens to said bloke when, one day, the world outside the relative calm of his home enters the apocalypse?
It sounds like a crazy setup for a book - but it actually provides a platform for a very clever sideways take on the survival story.
Like Tom Hanks trapped on his desert island in Castaway, our hero, Ben Stone, has to find ways to keep him - and his adorable dog - alive and well, despite limited food, water and...a lot of weird stuff outside his flat. Cue various hilarious scenes where Ben manages to scrabble together just enough technical ingenuity to save his skin. Plus one *very* gruesome scene which has you wincing and belly-laughing in equal measure.
In parallel with all this fun stuff, there is also the very human story of Ben’s life leading up to this point: a surprisingly touching rumination on what leads a man to fear the world and hide away in his home and fall prey to addiction.
It’s ultimately an uplifting story: Ben finds inner hope and strength of character...but he still needs to deal with the scary stuff outside his flat.
I was immediately drawn into the events in the story. You’re soon rooting for the main character and the smart parallel time-line structure keeps the narrative zipping along. I really enjoyed the balance of funny set-pieces and heartfelt backstory. All in all a really fun and compelling read with some genuinely moving moments.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1650 KB
- Print Length: 197 pages
- Publisher: Andrew Shanahan (10 January 2020)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B082XFC63T
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,479 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)