Originally posted on my blog, A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
A humorous satire set in a dystopian 2050, Ken Wheaton's Bacon and Egg Man was certainly entertaining! Soda bans, obesity, the government, the internet, reality shows, art, global warming, bloggers... nothing is safe from a playful jab in this book.
A danger with this type of premise is that it can quickly take on gimmicky feel. I actually didn't feel that way at any point throughout. The satire was clever; sometimes blatant, sometimes very subtle.
The only thing I didn't like as much: There were a number of distasteful situations and random foul language that didn't seem to add to the story at all. Whenever this showed up (mostly through the middle of the novel) it just felt excessive and distracting.
However, this is a fast, quirky read - dystopian brain candy with enough pieces of reality to keep you on guard. There was a little twist at the end I didn't see coming at all. Overall, Bacon and Egg Man was a lot of fun, especially with its healthy dose of wanna-tick-people-off. I'm interested to read more by Ken Wheaton.I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.