By Larry Doyle
Ecco Press, Hardcover, 9780061686559, 354pp.
Publication Date: June 22, 2010
The author of I Love You, Beth Cooper returns with an ingenious contemporary satire set in an alternate universe populated by the aliens, mutants, and atomic monsters of B-movie legend.
It came to Earth . . . and now its spawn goes to high school.
Earth has survived repeated alien invasions, attacks by hordes of mutants, and the ravages of ancient beasts brought back to life. Now we're in the blissful future...for most.
J!m, the son of the alien who nearly destroyed the planet, is a brooding, megacephalic rebel with a big forehead and exceptionally oily skin. Along with Johnny, a radioactive biker ape, and Jelly, a gelatinous mass passing as a fat kid, J!m navigates a particularly unpleasant adolescence in which he really is as alienated as he feels, the world might actu-ally be out to get him, and true love is complicated by mis-understanding and incompatible parts. As harmless school antics escalate into explosive events with tragic consequences, J!m makes a discovery that will alter the course of civilization, though it may help his dating life.
Replete with all the rock 'n' roll, hot-rod racing, and heavy petting of classic teen cinemaand packed with famous film-monster cameosGo, Mutants! is fun strapped to an atomic rocket, and Doyle's deadpan delivery and razor-sharp wit will have you laughing out loud before he even starts the ignition sequence.
“In part a loving homage to and in part a send-up of ‘50s sci-fi, “Go, Mutants!” is one of the funniest books of the summer.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“[A] brilliant and sick-funny coming of age comedy novel...The book takes a funny premise (alienation of teens who are actually aliens) and gives it a heart and a really really big brain.”
“An ambitious, goo-covered treat.”
“Every page overflows with jokes.”
“Incredibly inventive....A singularly original work that wears its inspired mutant heart on its sleeve and its advanced alien brain on its funny bone....GO, MUTANTS! illuminates both a past worth remembering and a future worth looking forward to.”
-Will Viharo, Retrospective Magazine
“Old sci-fi movies have not yet been mined of all their entertainment possibilities. So potentially, Go, Mutants! could start them down the road to being overexposed. Sign me up! ”
“Very funny… Go, Mutants! moves at faster-than-light speed. If Earth ever needs an Interplanetary Humor Ambassador, Larry Doyle’s the guy.”
“Combines campy 1950s horror and sci-fi flicks with “Rebel Without a Cause”-like teen angst....[a] silly, amusing pop-culture mash up.”
-New York Post
“[A] frenetic satire....Every sentence careens with energy, wisecracks, and winks at everything from triffids to Altair IV. Shades of the Red scare and allegories about puberty abound, too, but thankfully, gooey atomic mayhem wins the day.”
“Doyle provides a frenetic, sublimely silly, all-over-the-map mashup of B movies that’s also a sendup of American pop and political culture...Rollickingly inventive and often hilarious.”