Friday, March 9, 2012

The Crud Masters by Justin Grimbol

The Outsiders-with giant monsters and transforming robots You know that book about the poor kids and the rich assholes who mess with them all the time? The one where the main poor kid (C. Thomas Howell) and his best friend save those kids from a fire, and then the best friend (Ralph Macchio) dies and croaks out, "Stay gold, Pony Boy." And there's that rich girl, Cherry, who totally leads Pony Boy on the whole time? This is that But with giant monsters and robots fighting in the rumbles. And it's in The Hamptons. In a dystopian future. It's crazy Giant monster fights, touching love with sexbots and stinky women, extreme body modification, and Boogers, the guy who's sorta like Pony Boy, but gross and perverted-it's all right here.Stay gold.

A classic underdog story, this book was a fun read.

I really enjoyed the world building in this book. It was unique, yet familiar. I definitely did not expect a kind of Hamptons resort to be populated with monsters, so it was definitely a surprise, even having a basic knowledge of what the book would be about. The characters are amusing in their own right. You have a woman who has paid to look like a bear, you have cyborgs, sea creatures, and even a Transformer. All kinds of quirky creatures to catch your attention. Boogers is hilarious, though, stealing every scene he was in.

The novella is fast paced and very fun. There were many moments where I found myself laughing out loud, so it’s not hard to recommend the book to all of you who love a bit of quirkiness with your fiction. It’s definitely a book to notice.

1 comment:

Susan Oloier said...

I absolutely loved The Outsiders when I was a kid, so I need to check this out.
Thanks for the review, Valentina.