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Zoey Ashe (Female), Inherits billions; whole city after her money;
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Upon the death of her fabulously wealthy absentee father Arthur Livingston, Zoey agrees to come to his home in Tabula Ra$a, a no-rules, vice-filled city in the desert, to help his former associates open a vault. Even before she gets there, she becomes a target for a host of bounty hunters and psychopaths determined to use her to gain their 15 minutes of fame. A megalomaniac calling himself Molech squares off against Zoey and Livingston's executive team (collectively known as the Suits) in a battle to gain control of weapons technology that Livingston developed and left to Zoey. -VERDICT Astoundingly violent, Wong's novel (John Dies at the End; This Book Is Full of Spiders) goes for sf rather than horror this time. There are the gross-out moments one would expect from this author, who combines his trademark over-the-top action with snort-worthy humor for another genre-defying hit. Wong's vision of the near future is cynical and believable, with Zoey providing a nice moral center. [See Prepub Alert, 4/27/15.]-MM © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review executive editor Wong (This Book Is Full of Spiders) unabashedly trolls everyone and lampoons everything in this beautifully outrageous science fiction adventure. In a near-future U.S. that's even more narcissistic and technology-obsessed than the present, Zoey Ashe is a typical down-and-out young woman with an absentee father. She and her cat are more or less content to sleep the day away in their trailer park until a predator-obsessed Internet celebrity decides to stalk and kill her, with a million viewers following along. Zoey is rescued by some confederates of her father (who she learns is dead), which leaves her having to flee from his enemies, but his friends aren't much better. It seems as though everyone wants something from her, and she isn't sure what she even wants from herself. She makes it to Tabula Ra$a, a Vegasesque city deep in the Utah desert, where there are no rules and everything goes beyond over-the-top. Staying alive is Zoey's top priority as she and her sketchy new companions struggle to work out the mystery of her father's legacy-oh, and save the world from a megalomaniac calling himself Molech. Biting humor and blatant digs at modern society overlay a subtly brilliant and thoughtful plot focused on one young woman's growth and survival against all odds. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media Group. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
<p>A Winner of the 2016 Alex Awards</p> <p>Nightmarish villains with superhuman enhancements.</p> <p>An all-seeing social network that tracks your every move.</p> <p>Mysterious, smooth-talking power players who lurk behind the scenes.</p> <p>A young woman from the trailer park.</p> <p>And her very smelly cat.</p> <p>Together, they will decide the future of mankind.</p> <p>Get ready for a world in which anyone can have the powers of a god or the fame of a pop star, in which human achievement soars to new heights while its depravity plunges to the blackest depths. A world in which at least one cat smells like a seafood shop's dumpster on a hot summer day.</p> <p>This is the world in which Zoey Ashe finds herself, navigating a futuristic city in which one can find elements of the fantastic, nightmarish and ridiculous on any street corner. Her only trusted advisor is the aforementioned cat, but even in the future, cats cannot give advice. At least not any that you'd want to follow.</p> <p>Will Zoey figure it all out in time? Or maybe the better question is, will you? After all, the future is coming sooner than you think.</p>
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