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The Green Kangaroos

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Perry Samson loves drugs. He’ll take what he can get, but raw atlys is his passion. Shot hard and fast into his testicles, atlys helps him forget that he lives in an abandoned Baltimore school, that his roommate exchanges lumps of flesh for drugs at the Kum Den Smokehouse, and that every day is a moldering motley of whores, cuntcutters, and disease. Unfortunately, atlys ne ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published August 2014 by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing
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Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s like Trainspotting meets A Clockwork Orange meets The Matrix, and it’s a heck of a ride! While sometimes veering into the melodramatic, and culling a moral that is nebulous at best, the world of The Green Kangaroos is vividly rich in detail, and for a scifi dystopia (set in the year 2099) you’d be hard-pressed to find a fuller setting. Plus BODY HORROR GROSSNESS. The scenes and story move at a brisk and captivating pace, and I was enthralled, from beginning to end.
Erika Instead
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's 2099 and Perry loves atlys. He gets the best high from injecting it straight into his balls. That's how you know it's some fantastic shit. You don't go jabbin' the yambags unless it's gonna lead to a really good time or you're Albert Fish. And although Perry is just fine with the jabbin' and consequent squattin' in an abandoned building on a filthy couch surrounded by fellow atlys lovers, his family is far less thrilled. In particular his sister, who contacts the mysterious and all-too-good ...more
Benoit Lelièvre
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you hang around writers long enough on social media, you're bound to bump into Jessica McHugh. Her strange and overwhelming online persona might make you think she's one of these oddballs who love to talk about writing more than they like to write. If you thought that, you couldn't be any more wrong. McHugh can talk the talk and walk the walk like nobody's business, mainly because she's got that tsunami-like originality that could destroy nations and change the geography of continents.

There w
The Grim Reader
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
When a book starts with a scene involving substance abuse by way of an injection into the testicles, you know that you’re going to be in for a strange read. This is my first high with Jessica McHugh and I sort of went into this not really having a clue what to expect. I love the cover art. I saw it and thought it would be a sci-fi-style-romp with a little bit of weird thrown into the mix. I was right to some degree with the story taking place in 2099. The story follows Perry Samson; and addict h ...more
Brent Kelley
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Green Kangaroos is a twisted romp through the junkie-filled parks and drug-addled alleys of Baltimore in the year 2099. The streets are awash with a super-drug called atlys, and some people will give up anything to feed their addiction. Others will wager all to get their loved one clean. I found it a bit like bacon flavored tin foil – quite unpleasant, but too tasty to stop chewing. It starts dark, and it gets darker, raising an acre of questions. Who can be saved? Can people accept salvatio ...more
Sean Leonard
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My first encounter with the writing of Jessica McHugh showed me an inventive horror short story called Food For Thought. Turns out, that’s just a tiny part of the McHughniverse. There’s also Pins, a suspenseful dark thriller involving strip clubs and bowling alleys. There’s the young adult mystery/thriller, Rabbits in the Garden. There’s her trip into the world of steampunk, The Maiden Voyage. And in August, she’ll be dropping a sci-fi mind-melting experience of Philip K. Dick proportions, The G ...more
Tim Potter
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
THE GREEN KANGAROOS by Jessica McHugh is a gut-punch of a novel that walks a fine line between painfully entertaining and painfully honest. On the surface it’s a compulsively readable work of literature that avoids falling into any genre, while borrowing from science-fiction, fantasy, mystery and horror. It’s the story of Perry, an addict in Baltimore of 2099, and his life with drug abuse, the fictional “atlys”. Reruns of the television show THE WIRE serve the cast of characters in a past-as-pro ...more
Linn Browning
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: vlogging
I really enjoyed this book, but I have to admit that I don't know anyone I would recommend it to. It is a HARSH book, full of violence, sex, drug use and graphic elements which are extremely difficult to read without revulsion. In the end, though, the book was good. It told an excellent story, the characters are interesting and compelling (though not necessarily sympathetic) and I did enjoy it.

I just don't know who to tell about it.

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Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
With a plot tapped into addiction and attempts at recovery, The Green Kangaroos is an intense, inventive look into selfishness at its most extreme, most ugly. Like A Clockwork Orange it is less about the horror of the deviant and more about the horrors perpetrated by those trying to correct the deviancy. The year is 2099 and Perry Samson is unapologetically addicted to atlys, a powerful drug that is most potently euphoric with injection straight into the sexual organs, in Perry's case the testic ...more
May 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-e-books
I got a copy of Green Kangeroos from Netgalley and it's an almost perfect book that faltered a bit at the end. Fans of dark fiction will love this, but as dark as it is it also gives you a glimpse into the dark side of human nature and even addiction. We all know how devastating addiction is and McHugh doesn't shy away from that darkness or even sugar coat it. Addicts are selfish and Perry is not a likable character and that is the strongest aspect of the novel. Will he choose a drug free exist ...more
Christopher  Nelson
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Dirty High

GREEN KANGAROOS is a raw and deliberate trip leaving nothing sacred. Jessica McHugh finds the perfect subject to flay open the theme of morality, balancing drug addiction and its inherent elements of sex, violence, and manipulation. The setting is a dystopian future reminiscent of Phillip Dick, William Burroughs, and William Gibson. The hard allegory used to portray an addict’s willingness to sacrifice for the next high is insane and yet believable enough to make each “potsticking” s
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This mindfuck of a novel takes a rather fresh look at the issue of addiction and intervention. The focus of the story is Perry Samson, a young man living in the year 2099 and hopelessly addicted to the drug atlys. His favorite method of ingestion is a hypodermic of raw liquid atlas directly to the testicles. Perry's life seems to be dreary and disgusting, but he is happy being an addict. His happiness will be severely threatened when his family decides to take him to a new and revolutionary type ...more
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Green Kangaroos is a twisted journey through the addiction of Perry Samson and what he is willing to do just for a little taste of artificial happiness. We also follow Perry's sister, Nadine through her own addiction of saving Perry. It has dark moments and worse ones than that. Occasionally, it borders on preachiness. But anyone who has loved anything or been in love with someone who loves something, will understand the need for this. It's a roller coaster ride through the gritty underside ...more
Catherine Grant
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
A jarring, fresh look at addiction and the lengths that junkies will go to get high, and the extremes their families will go to to get their loved ones clean.

It is 2099, and Perry Samson is addicted to atlys, which could be symbolic of any drug, honestly. Atlys junkies will do anything for a hit, including selling their flesh. McHugh steps into the future of addiction with unflinching brutality, bringing to life characters that will do anything for their next hit, and immersing the reader in a
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I have ever read or ever will read anything so strange.....
Perry Samson is addicted to atlys, a drug he injects straight into his testicles!
This book takes you into his mind (which is the weirdest place...ever!) as his family and Dr Carter try to help him come off the drug.
Mckay Williams
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
McHugh's stark departure from her Darla Decker series offers a solid world of sex and drugs in a terrifying near future. Imagine the Philip K Dick's Scanner Darkly if written by a very high, cannibal Noam Chompsky fighting the good fight against class warfare.

Definitely recommend!
Axel Howerton
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
"As good a sci-fi social commentary as A Clockwork Orange, Do Androids Dream or Logan's Run and just as utterly addicting. Cross my balls and hope to score."
Stephanie Wytovich
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recently finished reading THE GREEN KANGAROOS by Jessica McHugh, and I highly recommend the read if you haven't picked up a copy yet.

It reminded me of a science fiction version of one of Ellen Hopkin's books, and as someone who is a fan of medical horror and books about addiction and psychological chaos, I enjoyed this one immensely.
Anne Monteith
I put this down several times because the opening was all about drugs and sex, but then I took another look at the reviews and decided to read more and I am so glad that I did. This is dark fiction at its best; it gives you glimpses in the darkness of addition and human nature. The first part of the book was difficult for me to read, because of the amount of darkness, addicts are selling body parts to support their habits and anything else they can to get the drug atlys. Perry is not a likeable ...more
David Bridges
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Set in drug infested Baltimore, Perry Samson battles his addiction and his demons. Samson has graduated to the strongest drug available "Atlys". The drug is so impossibly addictive society has given up the thin shred of hope for recovery that existed for those addicted. Without the burden of recovery for Atlys addicts society has segregated users to the parks of the city. Not only has society given up on Perry, his family and friends have too. With one exception, his sister. Perry's life continu ...more
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, horror
This book is so lucky that it has such good reviews on here, otherwise I would've put it down after the first chapter. It opens with a character whose only interests are sex and drugs. Almost everything he says comes back to those two things. Not endearing at all.

But then.

Well, then, the story zooms out from him and you see the bigger picture. And it's pretty terrifying. The way that the story unfolds is great; the chapters alternating in Perry's drugged up haze, and the scenes with his family,
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn't mean the circus has left town. - George Carlin

This is the first book of Jessica McHugh's that I've read. What a whiz bang outrageous journey she took me on!

The first part of the book (also known to me, at least, as BR - Before Rehab) I really liked, although I'm not sure "liked" is the right word. It was a raw in-your-face journey to 2099 Baltimore and into the life of 27 year-old Perry, who is insanely addicted to the drug atlys. To me atlys s
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My new favorite science fiction story. My new favorite junkie story. How's that? Sci-Fi Junkie? It takes place on the brink of the 22nd century's head popping up and tells of a guy named Perry Samson whose family and ex want to help get cleaned up from his addiction to a drug called atlys. This book has it all. A great story line, dope, raunchy sex, alternate/digitally constructed realities, whores, mad doctors, and bad people of almost every stripe. It also includes the wonderful line "Consider ...more
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this novel - it was a great science fiction novel that dealt with issues such as drugs and addiction. It was a gripping read, and I couldn't wait to finish it. It is not a book for everyone, but wow, I was very impressed by it and I cannot wait to read more by Jessica McHugh.
Chris Stanley
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ngk
Very thought provoking, scary, awesome - not much more to say!
Daulton Dickey
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
When you're trapped in the cycle of addiction, where drugs transcend a good time and dominate your life, your existence, where every action you takes is predicated on scoring the next bag, the next hit, the next taste, everything in your life--indeed your life itself transforms, in a sense, into your periphery, there's nothing you won't do to score. In chasing his drug of choice, the fictional atlys, Perry Samson does the unthinkable: he sells chunks of his flesh. It's a desperate move, one frow ...more
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Jessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction spanning the genre from horror and alternate history to young adult. A member of the Horror Writers Association and a 2013 Pulp Ark nominee, she has devoted herself to novels, short stories, poetry, and playwriting. Jessica has had fourteen books published in five years, including the bestselling Rabbits in the Garden, The Sky: The World and the g ...more
“My first step out of the Kum Den is like the cold slap of a bitch in heat. Reality is so beautiful when she's angry. I'd give up another chunk of thigh to fuck the fury out of her.” 4 likes
“That twat is a few syrup pouches shy of a waffle. You shouldn't trust anything she says.” 4 likes
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