Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
"The world is your oyster, and you are addicted to shellfish," reads the bumper sticker logo that becomes a life motto for Shane, the lead character of Apathy. Fans of Chuck Palahniuk will love this book that reads like a murder mystery/film noir for the Gen X & Y crowd - those disaffected, jaded and cynical souls fed up with consumerism and societal norms will find there's some humorous life commentary for them on every page. The lead character is one you don't necessarily root for, but follow because he's just so strange that you wonder what he'll say or do next. Packed full of oddball (yet interesting) characters from deaf Marlene to the firework peddling Mobo the prose somehow keeps these larger than life personalities all in the realm of believability, and the writing style keeps the pages turning, which is everything you want in a good read.
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