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Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

(Zoey Ashe #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  17,788 ratings  ·  1,561 reviews
Nightmarish villains with superhuman enhancements.

An all-seeing social network that tracks your every move.

Mysterious, smooth-talking power players who lurk behind the scenes.

A young woman from the trailer park.

And her very smelly cat.

Together, they will decide the future of mankind.

Get ready for a world in which anyone can have the powers of a god or the fame of a pop sta
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Veach Glines Everyone who said 'no' or 'maybe' to this question has, clearly, never seen what normal 15 year old boys do with their day in 2018! Every high school …moreEveryone who said 'no' or 'maybe' to this question has, clearly, never seen what normal 15 year old boys do with their day in 2018! Every high school teen boy "kills" more people and "blows up" more things than this book does in every video game they play -- every day. They also hear, and say, and type all the profanity written in these pages all the time. If you have a 15 year old boy who is willing to sit and read an actual entire book? Why not a good, SF, underdog against evil novel with humor? I recommend this HIGHLY to teen boys.(less)
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Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: dudes that want a modern updated of Ready Player One
A Chapter by Chapter Reading Experience

One: Hmm. Not into serial killer chasing inept 20 year-old woman, even/esp. set up as 'humor.'

Two: Okay, made me laugh with the spatula joke.

Three: I don't believe a woman who would own a Persian cat would call him 'Stench Machine.'

Five, six, and eight: The description of the 'Blink' nails social media as a 'reality experience.' Very lightly veiled social commentary but sadly on point.

So far: The protagonist is incompetent.

Ten: And dumb.

Twelve: Seriously.

Kevin Kelsey
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
This one didn’t really do it for me. The writing wasn’t great, the characters were inconsistent, the story meandored all over the place, and there were some pretty glaring plot holes that I couldn’t ignore. It was fun, and occasionally hilarious with literal laugh-out-loud moments. I thought the Blink social network was startlingly plausible, and probably about two seconds into our future. I also loved the way that everyone in Tabula Ra$a saw themselves as heroes, but they were really just assho ...more
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2016-shelf, humor
The near-future equivalent of UF Science Fiction.

What? Well, yeah! It has tons and tons of snark, absolutely fantastic pacing, action, action, action, humor, blood and guts, and tons and tons of shiny tech toys that are not only not in the hands of Government Officials or Spies, but there are NO Government Officials OR Spies in the novel!

This is all trailer trash and thug territory, my friend.

Of course, we're taking the trailer trash out of trailer trash territory and giving her a bazillion do
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits delivers on both of its promises (namely futuristic violence, of which there was a boat load, and fancy suits, which were quite fancy), but it does so much more than that. It subtly explores the themes of violence against women within the frame work of masculinity, the dehumanizing affects of massive wealth on those who possess it, and the impact of just-around-the-corner-technology. Stylistically it does a wonderful job flirting with the super hero genre just ...more
Evans Light
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: have-it, hardcover
This review pains me a fair amount. The words I have to write about this book are not the ones I wish they were.

Let me begin by stating that I'm a huge fan of David Wong and I wanted to love this book.
The new setting and characters he's created for FUTURISTIC VIOLENCE & FANCY SUITS (FV&FS) seem like they could be a lot of fun, so I was ready to follow him on his first novel-length fictional outing sans John and Dave.

That being said, there are signs throughout the book that point to this endeavor
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it

Full disclosure. I am eating two perfectly grilled cheese sandwiches with smoked paprika turkey on them as I write this review.

Yes. There is dipping sauce.

That said...THIS BOOK WAS THE SHIT! I've never read anything by David Wong before. Apparently, he's the dude that wrote the book that the mediocre movie was based off, John Dies At The End. I'm being a little harsh here, I know I have seen John Dies At The End, but I can't really remember it. It could actually be a better movie than what I thi
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun, fun, futuristic violence, fancy suits, and more fun!

Fans of William Gibson, Neal Stephenson and Daniel Suarez will like this fast moving, action packed sidewinder of a futuristic good time.

I read David Wong’s also very cool John Dies at the End and liked it, but this took his snarky brand of speculative fiction to the next level.

Zoey Ashe’s estranged father is dead and she learns that he was worth gazillions and now she is – that is if she can stay alive. In a world infested with ubiquitous
Oct 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Took me most of the book to admit how aggressively I disliked it. I kept trying to enjoy it because I loved the author's other 2 books. But this is the most hatefully misogynistic book featuring a female protagonist that I have ever mostly read, and lacks the light-hearted gonzo humor of his previous work. Ick. ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was seriously a TRIP. It was a wild ride that was seriously fun (and funny!).

What made this book fascinating to me was it's scathing critique of what I'll generalize as "violent male internet culture." I'm NOT talking about all dudes on the internet, by any means, but rather the subset of guys on the internet who think it's fine to make rape threats, murder threats, encourage suicide, dox people, etc., and then the second they get called on it come back with, "Can't you take a joke, s
Tom Mathews
I’ve never read anything by David Wong before this but John Dies at the End has often been enthusiastically recommended to me by people whose tastes in books are, shall we say, eclectic.

If John Dies at the End is a horror/adventure novel, as the author describes it, then Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits is likely to be called a horror/adventure/sci-fi/thriller. It’s a rowdy, rollicking geekfest that starts out as fast as a roller coaster and picks up speed with each chapter.

As the story ope
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Well, if it was 100 pages shorter it would have been three stars. To be honest, I still haven't fully decided between one and two stars. By the end I was annoyed enough to go with one but I did enjoy quite a bit of it.

This is set in a future world where a man has started a city called Tabula Ra$a. It has no government, although it has a police force sometimes. A corrupt one. All of the characters in this are rather flat, to the point that I was picturing this cheesy cartoon where the girl runs
Executive Summary: Do you enjoy sophomoric humor and the victimization of women by cartoon villains? If not, you may want to give this book a pass.

Audiobook: Christy Romano was the bright spot here. I really enjoyed her narration. She did a good job with voices and adding something to what was often at times an overly melodramatic and downright infuriating. I would definitely listen to another book read by her again.

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This book started out pretty strong for me. I should have been ti
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, that was definitely one hell of a fast paced, action packed, and downright crazy novel. Seriously, there was not one moment of calm throughout the entirety of the novel. I was definitely never bored and I was certainly very entertained.

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits tells the story of Zoey, a young 22 year old girl who gets thrown into a whirlwind of a mess when her extremely wealthy and eccentric father passes away and leaves her, his only daughter, everything he once owned.

Stylo Fantome
Mar 28, 2015 marked it as to-read
Though I am sure it will be awesome sauce, I NEED MORE JOHN AND DAVID IN MY LIFE.

Please and thank you :D
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it

I'm really torn on this one. I'm a huuuuuuuge David Wong fan -- I was crazy happy when I saw he had written a new book, and had this one bought before it was even released. But . . .

Many of the characters here are not nice. They're horrible. And they treat our protagonist, Zoey, horribly. But it's worse than that. They're brutal and cruel and mysogynistic. It's just ugly -- and she's put into danger with these horrible people over and over and over again. And part of me gets it -- this is the wo
This was the best fart/poop/butt joke book collection I've ever read that also happens to have a plot.

Despite it not being exactly everything I hoped it would be, this book had me about three pages in when the heroine (ordering fast food while sitting in her self-driving car) contemplates how did people ever "eat their car chili" if they had to keep their hands on the steering wheel. This girl clearly has her priorities straight. If the future allows me to eat car chili while cruising down the s
This book is so bizarre and fun to read. I was gifted this by the lovely Elena at christmas time and I picked up the audiobook too so I could listen to this whilst I was working. I liked the narrator, but honestly it was the story which really hooked me in and I read through nearly all of this mostly over two long days where I was working and listening to the audiobook.

This tells the story of Zoey Ashe who is basically an average 'poor girl' stereotype until one day her estranged multi-billionai
Lance Charnes
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: readers who like comic-book bad behavior without the pictures
In the past, I've copped to an affection for books that I describe as "a box full of crazy" (for example, Beat the Reaper , Tim Dorsey's Serge Storms series, and Bunker 13 ). These kinds of books have a kind of maniac energy that pull me through even the most demented situations. That's what I thought I was getting here. Alas.

Futuristic Violence, in summary, sounds like it can be the real deal. Zoey Ashe, a 20-ish potential refugee from Mike Judge's Idiocracy , discovers she's the only
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finally read it! And guess what? I LOVE this freaking book!!

Not only are the characters fucking amazing, but also the plot had my head spinning (in the best way) because I almost never figured out what the hell was going to happen next. I flew through this and now I can't wait for the next installment of this series!!

David Wong's writing style is just exactly my cup of tea, I can't deny it, I thought I would like it less because it wasn't the series that I usually read by him but NOPE it was
Adam Light
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book, and I liked it somewhat, but it ended up being just okay. There were tons of mistakes that editors should have caught, but did not. It has been a while since I read JDAtE and TBiFoS, but I can't remember either of them being so poorly edited. I suppose such sloppiness could have been overlooked if the trademark Wong humor had been rampant throughout the story, but I found myself eagerly longing for belly-laughs that simply never happened. The novel was not a co ...more
Paul E. Morph
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first David Wong novel (putting me in a very small group of readers who didn't read John Dies at the End first, I would imagine... although I did see the movie version) and I have to say I enjoyed it a great deal. It's funny, action-packed, ridiculous (in a good way) and just a heck of a lot of fun. If I had one issue it would be that it took me a while to warm to the protagonist. I was pleased to see that Wong left it wide open for a sequel, which I'd definitely read. ...more
A very enjoyable, near future comic adventure. David Wong knows how to write a story. He knows how to make you laugh. He knows people and their weaknesses. I really enjoyed this. It wasn't as bend-over-double-laughing funny as The Book is Full of Spiders was, but it really has its moments. Pulp fiction done right. ...more
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This book started out with so much action and hooked me from the first sentence. But I felt that it went in an interesting direction and started losing me at the half way point.
Jul 29, 2017 added it
I wanted to like this. But I didn't. So I stopped reading it with about 100 pages left. So it goes. ...more
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015, e-books
4.5 Stars

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong is a blast of a read. I am a huge fan of Wong as John Dies at the End is a gem. This is a much more accessible read than the book just mentioned, it is straight forward and much more mainstream. That being said it is still Wong through and through. It is filled with clever dialog, witty humor, fun action, and a bit of cyberpunk imagination. This is not a serious read and it works by simply being fun from start to finish.

This is a nearly
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
One minute Zoey Ashe is trying to get her smelly cat off the trailer roof and the next she’s being kidnapped by a total creep.

It turns out the father she barely knew, Arthur Livingston, has died and his unfathomable wealth has been left to Zoey. He was a big deal criminal so now all kinds of weirdos are after Zoey in order to unlock Arthur’s vault, which will now only open for her.

Livingston’s inner circle of the criminal underworld is known as The Suits and they’re trying to protect Zoey at al
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

very different from the previous books I have read by Wong. he maintains his sharp wit though:)

the plot was imaginative And fun, yet I found the first half of the book a little repetitive. not a hard read though so I Luke warmly recommend it?!?
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If ever a book could be described as having a decibel busting aesthetic, it’s this one. The pages are crammed with grinding metal, smashed concrete, shattered glass and terrified screams, with every brash character and over the top chapter described through the prism of vulgar neon. The whole is incredibly reminiscent of the 1980s output of Canon Films, and if you’re in the mood for future schlock, that’s no bad thing.

It’s the tale of a trailer-trash coffee house waitress who, thanks to her est
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Luiz Letti
The first thing about this book that comes to mind is: wow, what an apt title.
The second is: my dad would LOVE this book :D

It is a fun, fast paced read with lots of, very literally, futuristic violence and fancy suits! The main characters are quite interesting, not exactly loveable but that's what makes it fun. The premise is simple: a 20-something girl who lives in a trailer park in Colorado suddenly inherits her insanely rich (and honestly a bit insane) father's crime empire. Now, someone who'
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David Wong is the pseudonym of Jason Pargin. He is the former Executive Editor of, author of the bestselling John Dies at the End series and the award-winning Zoey Ashe novels.

John Dies at the End was adapted into a feature film and debuted at the Sundance film festival in 2012, the first Zoey book, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, is in deve

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