I think author David Wong has invented “trailerpunk”—intelligent, funny, but low-income and low-achieving people save the world in all his books. In his latest, the near-future Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, a young woman with a horrible cat is forced to fend off a deeply psychotic and wildly enhanced billionaire cyborg.
Like his previous two books, John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously Dude, Don’t Touch It, Wong offers up more than frenetic action and bizarre characters. Beneath the madness, there’s a respect for human foibles, an empathy for the crappier part of our natures. I’ve noticed this in books from both Terry Pratchett and Stephen King.
Recommendation: Buy it. Read all of Wong’s stuff. His books are fun, smart, snarky, and surprising.