Review: Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Reviewer: J

Psychedelic and darkly funny, this is one wild ride of a book. 

I’m not sure how to describe this, so I’ll start with: I have never read anything like this. I had never heard of, let alone read, any book about mad cow disease before, so it was nice to get a breath of fresh air. I also loved that the book explained some things about the disease, because if it hadn’t I would have been a little lost. 

Like I said before, the plot was very original. It was full of crazy characters and events, and it kept me captivated and wondering what could possibly happen next. I appreciated the humor aspect to it — some of the dialogues and similes made me chuckle. 

And the characters were also unique and interesting, especially Dulcie, a pink-haired, punk rock angel. The protagonist was likable, and I was rooting for him the whole time. 

Alright, now it’s time for the bomb to drop. My one complaint — the end spiraled out of control. Too many random, improbable things happened at once, and I just couldn’t keep track. It didn’t help that the main character was very unreliable. I’m still trying to decipher what the heck happened. 

Rating: 4 stars


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