Title: Shovel Ready (Spademan #1)
Author: Adam Sternbergh
Publisher: Crown (Random House)
Release Date: January 14, 2014
Acquired Via: Publisher
The futuristic hardboiled noir that Lauren Beukes calls “sharp as a paper-cut” about a garbage man turned kill-for-hire.
Spademan used to be a garbage man. That was before the dirty bomb hit Times Square, before his wife was killed, and before the city became a blown-out shell of its former self.
Now he’s a hitman.
In a near-future New York City split between those who are wealthy enough to “tap in” to a sophisticated virtual reality, and those who are left to fend for themselves in the ravaged streets, Spademan chose the streets. When his latest client hires him to kill the daughter of a powerful evangelist, he must navigate between these two worlds—the wasteland reality and the slick fantasy—to finish his job, clear his conscience, and make sure he’s not the one who winds up in the ground.
Shovel Ready has put me in a really weird position, bloggerwise. I received a copy of it months ago to review, and I started reading it immediately. I was taken with the protagonist, Spademan, and I wanted to see more of the dark, dirty world he was in the more I read. That being said, the writing style was strange, so I took my time with it. (Don't go in looking for quotation marks.)
Anywho, I would take breaks from the book as I read it. The time spent between readings usually consisted of me comparing Shovel Ready to Escape from L.A.. There were so many parallels, except for the virtual reality part. I think. It's been a long time since I've seen the movie. Then the length of time between readings lengthened to the point where I stopped entirely. I don't even know where the book is anymore.
I'll give Shovel Ready - I was on track to love it. It showed a lot of promise. Now however many months later, I'm mostly giving up hope on it. I highly recommend giving it a chance if it's your thing because my friends have loved it. You should definitely read it if you like Snake Plissken - Spademan is a dead ringer for him.
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