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Guest review: Shovel Ready

February 4, 2014

Shovel Ready

My sister Karen is back with a review of a book that is sure to be a hit!  I sure hope she’ll lend me her copy.

New York sure isn’t the city it used to be.  After a series of bombings, the tourists stopped coming and half the population fled the city.  The rich are holed up in their homes living their lives in “pretend land,” or the limnosphere, a sort of alternative internet where people live out their dreams in a virtual reality other world.  Spademan is a former garbageman turned freelance hit man.  He’s methodical, detached, only wanting the name of his next target.  No details, please.  His latest hit-to-be is Persephone, the daughter of the famous evangelist T.K. Harrow.

Shovel Ready, Adam Sternbergh’s debut novel, is one heck of a good read.  It grabs you from page one and never lets go.  I really like his Spademan character even if he is a hitman.  He is flawed, but he does have his redeeming qualities.  Told mainly through a series of dialogues the book is a fairly quick read.  It’s dystopian fiction that draws the reader’s  thoughts to present day issues of religion, ethics and technology.  If you’re not a fan of dystopian I think you’ll still enjoy this suspenseful novel.  Mr. Sternbergh is at work on a second Spademan story which I’m very much looking forward to.

Karen won this book from Read it Forward.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
17 Comments leave one →
  1. February 4, 2014 7:14 am

    I generally enjoy dystopian fiction and need to check this out. The starting premise seems a little similar to Ready Player One but the rest seems intriguing.

  2. Patty permalink
    February 4, 2014 8:35 am

    I love dystopian anything…this sounds scary good!

  3. February 4, 2014 8:50 am

    I keep seeing this one around and hearing good things. LOVE that title… it makes me wonder… whats the shovel for? 😉

  4. February 4, 2014 9:30 am

    I started listening to this yesterday. I only had a half hour to listen but I already like it. As your sister says, it grabs you from the start.

  5. Beth F permalink
    February 4, 2014 10:41 am

    Oh wow. This sounds like my kind of read.

  6. February 4, 2014 12:33 pm

    Well as you know I am definitely a fan of dystopias!

  7. February 4, 2014 3:50 pm

    I’ve decided to read outside my comfort zone so I may try this book!

  8. February 4, 2014 4:06 pm

    I’m not really big on dystopian novels, but I think I’ll be adding this one to the to-read list!

  9. February 4, 2014 4:31 pm

    too scary for me.

  10. February 4, 2014 7:58 pm

    This sounds good! I will have to look for it. Great review.

  11. February 4, 2014 8:45 pm

    This looks like one I’d like, I have to be choosy about dystopias because too many make me depressed.

  12. February 5, 2014 12:02 am

    Dystopian and I are almost strangers! I liked Margaret Atwood though and I think I’d like this one as well. Time to get to know the genre better.

  13. February 5, 2014 12:23 am

    This sounds so good! Love the title.

  14. February 5, 2014 11:36 am

    I saw another positive review that made me put this on my wish list. This review reminds me I need to see if I can get a copy.

  15. February 6, 2014 9:57 am

    I really like the sound of this one.

  16. February 6, 2014 11:24 am

    Not what I normally read, but it does sound good.

  17. bookingmama permalink
    February 9, 2014 7:16 pm

    I’ve never even heard of this book! Great review!

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