This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This great book, It s the End of the World As We Know It, is a SCI FI story that is about the main character Mikey who gets teleported to another world which is a dangerous place that is controlled by evil cats that use robots and other things to destroy things Mikey and the people who he meets, have to terminate the evil cats that control the world to be able to get Mikey back to Earth There is an adventure to places that Mikey has never seen before He is both excited and scared because he This great book, It s the End of the World As We Know It, is a SCI FI story that is about the main character Mikey who gets teleported to another world which is a dangerous place that is controlled by evil cats that use robots and other things to destroy things Mikey and the people who he meets, have to terminate the evil cats that control the world to be able to get Mikey back to Earth There is an adventure to places that Mikey has never seen before He is both excited and scared because he has a high risk of getting caught The evil cats use humanoids to attack and get things that they want However some of the runaway robots are really rebelling against the evil cats The cats get some of their humanoids to catch the group, but the croup is way too quick, smart, and powerful that they effortlessly get away They keep trying to strike the cats but keep failing Mikey eventually gets caught and is trying to figure a way to get out and save his friends However, one key thing that helps him get out and get fresh new ideas, is that he gets messages from a super good gamer named GERILLER They figure out that to defeat the evil cats, they first have to find GERILLER who can help them But, the problem is they can t keep track of him It is like Mikey is in the game which he was playing while still in Earth The rest of the group without Mikey are super worried and revengeful There other companion Michio gets injured and is dying The group takes their problem to the pirates who they know have been really trying to defeat the cats They have been most successful so they are their only hope Michio dies but also helps change the controlled captain who is trying to catch the group of humanoids that escaped The captain gets so revengeful and angry that he is willing to kill the cats that once was his boss They all figure a way to get into the ship and start fighting against the robots that the cats send to destroy them But since Mikey s friends are determined to get him out they successfully carry out the attack leaving the evil cats left with nothing The things that I look in books are fun and interesting topics, a sense of humor, the urge of reading on, and detail so I can imagine it in my head These four things that I look for plays a crucial role in my liking of the book This book had all of those qualities I loved the topic of SCI FI and adventure I loved the way that there was a bit of humor in it but not too much I always had the urge to keep on reading and reading, and lastly I could really imagine the whole story going along like a movie in my head This book had all these qualities and that is why I liked it so much Despite the rating of this book, in my opinion I think that it is a really great book to read I loved this book for three main reasons I received a free copy from the publishe through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I went into this expecting a fun and hilarious pick me up science fiction read, but actually I felt like this barely had a plot at all and the funny parts actually seemed very forced most of the time, so it didn t do for me what I had hoped it would. Welcome to a world controlled by a megalomaniac Lolcat A world where data pirates, zombies and infobots on surfboards roam free A world at war over cheese When teenager Mikey Malone gets sucked through a wormhole into this parallel world, he discovers a power crazed corporation is planning to use Earth as a dumping ground for an uncontrollable poisonous algae It s a race against time for Mikey and his rebel friends to stop the ruthless tyrants from getting their wayA laugh out loud funny new sci fi series from Costa shortlisted author Saci Lloyd, perfect for devotees of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams Read all my reviews on It sort of starts okay Mikey is pretending to like this social hacktivist in order to get into a girl s pants and instead finds himself whisked away through a rip in the space time continuum towards a parallel universe which is like earth, but with way worse spelling It was this last thing that immediately annoyed me I don t like it when for the sake of it, authors start to change the way words are written to show how much somethingRead all my reviews on It sort of starts okay Mikey is pretending to like this social hacktivist in order to get into a girl s pants and instead finds himself whisked away through a rip in the space time continuum towards a parallel universe which is like earth, but with way worse spelling It was this last thing that immediately annoyed me I don t like it when for the sake of it, authors start to change the way words are written to show how much something is unlike something else It is a way of telling instead of showing, and besides, it is migraine invoking This particular book had a character who liked to switch the first letters of random words You sidn t dee that coming, yid dou So edgy The story than has been describes as like The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, but I missed the charm I was disappointed with It s the End of the World as We Know It.Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review If the claim on the cover to being akin to Douglas Adam s Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy and the works of Terry Pratchett grabs you like it did me, think again, because you re going to be disappointed.I might have enjoyed it a littlehad it not been for this, but probably not by much The premise is interesting, and I really didn t mind the text talk and other alternative language nuances that other people have been annoyed by However, the characters often felt two dimensional, the plot If the claim on the cover to being akin to Douglas Adam s Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy and the works of Terry Pratchett grabs you like it did me, think again, because you re going to be disappointed.I might have enjoyed it a littlehad it not been for this, but probably not by much The premise is interesting, and I really didn t mind the text talk and other alternative language nuances that other people have been annoyed by However, the characters often felt two dimensional, the plot was basic and things seem to happen randomly, for the sake of it, or for sheer convenience, and exposition felt like the writer was trying to explain what was happening without fully understanding it themselves and so explanations were frustrating, confusing, and generally a waste of reading.The book is also described as hilariously funny , but I didn t laugh once Aside from being a little too old for the book, it should have been right up my street It s the sort of quirky thing I go for, and I love not to take things seriously, but this book just didn t get it right It wasn t serious, admittedly, and was lighthearted enough in its tone and concept, but it just wasn t funny I hate slating work, honestly, but the book ends a little too abruptly, leaving too many things unanswered or open A bit of this is fine, but it felt as if Saci Lloyd was hoping to weave it into an unwarranted sequel which, thankfully, doesn t appear to be surfacing My Thoughts On The Book Surreal and hilarious, for fans of The Hitchhiker s Guide To The Galaxy Let me make something clear before I even start this review, while I really enjoyed reading It s The End Of The World As We Know It it s not the new The Hitchhiker s Guide To The Galaxy They are two completely different books and each is great for completely different reasons Why publishers feel the need to keep on making comparisons between new books and classics like The Hitchhiker s Guide To T My Thoughts On The Book Surreal and hilarious, for fans of The Hitchhiker s Guide To The Galaxy Let me make something clear before I even start this review, while I really enjoyed reading It s The End Of The World As We Know It it s not the new The Hitchhiker s Guide To The Galaxy They are two completely different books and each is great for completely different reasons Why publishers feel the need to keep on making comparisons between new books and classics like The Hitchhiker s Guide To The Galaxy is such an unfair thing to do a new book Yes, It s The End is a humorous sci fi tale but it s a completely different kettle of fish from Hitchhiker s and really shouldn t be compared to it as it gives readers a false sense of the book and that is unfairrant over So It s The End Of The World As We Know It is a sci fi book aimed for the children s market but I feel that it also reads well for older readers like me Yes, sometimes it gets a bit silly but it s those parts that the kids will probably enjoy the most I went into this as a Hitchhiker s fan but not expecting It s The End to be anything like it and I m glad I did as it really isn t like it at all Yes, it s a human being in this case Mikey Malone being transported to a strange new world, a parallel universe version of Earth called DEVA that s firmly in the space age and full of alien lifeforms, robots, cyborgs after a fashion and cats that rule the world every cat owner in the world knows that cat domination is coming at some point, you can see it in their eyes Sounds like fun eh And it really is, it s so much fun if you read it with a light heart and don t take it too seriously The Plot Of The Story Mikey Malone is an ordinary kid living on Earth and trying desperately to impress a girl, to the point that he s pretending to be a fan and follower of cyober activist GERILLR His life is run of the mill and nothing exciting ever happens until the day a wormhole sucks him into a parallel version of our Earth but it s far cry from the Earth we know and love This new earth, DEVA is CRAZY It s ruled by a corporation who want to use the wormhole that sucked Mikey and his resident foul mouthed parrot in, to get rid of a toxic and world destroying algae that is ruining their planet Mikey somehow manages to fall in with a group of rebels including strange stoner like surfing infobots, androids, data pirates and androids and must prevent the corporation from fulfilling it s evil plans that would result in the total devastation of Earth.It s an interesting idea for a story and is full of twists and turns that keep the pace fast and flowing The fact that GERILLR is also present in DEVA as well as Earth and that he seems to have chosen Mikey for something and is the overall cause of everything is the ongoing theme throughout this book and into what is easy to imagine, future books What Is There To Love I loved how quirky and unusual this books is, it s almost a little too trippy in places but I kind of liked it for it There is humour throughout that I enjoyed as an adult reader, kids may well view the humour very differently to the way I have I could see the underlying adult jokes that a kid wouldn t but part of me wishes I could re read this book with a child eye to see how much of a different book it might be for them to see if they enjoyed the bits I didn t and if they got all of the in jokes and the like I do think my favourite thing about the whole book were the little infobots who acted like stoner surfers, they were sweet, funny and oh so charismatic so much fun What Is There To Dislike The only thing that stands out as a thing to dislike is the Lolcat speech, it s very annoying and takes a while to get used to and to understand I m an adult and I struggled a little with it so I have no idea how this speech will come across to the target audience of children It s kind of like a crazy version of textspeak, I didn t enjoy it at all I got used to it after a while but by no means enjoyed it And it s not even just the Lolcat that uses it, other characters do too and it s a different way of speaking for each of them, they each speak slightly different but it s all as difficult to read as the next one I did think there was an underused character and that was the foul mouthed parrot that gets sucked into the wormhole with Mikey, I thought he needed to pay a bigger part in the overall picture but I suppose if he had then this couldn t have remained a children s book as his language is astonishing More of the parrot would have made for a muchadult novel and could have added a bitsparkle to the overall tale just saying How s The Writing Apart from the annoying text like speech the writing is perfectly fine The pacing is break neck and is kept up throughout making it a very hard book to actually put down as there is always something new about to happen but I think its a good problems to have when it comes to books as it means the book is keeping you very engaged as a reader if you find it impossible to put down for the night The characters are very good, they are quirky, unusual, strangely endearing and yet often a little odd, but odd in a good way I think It takes an imaginative mind to create characters like the ones you find in this book It s funny though that out of all the characters in the book it s the villain that sticks out the most to me I don t know if that is because of the irritating way that the Lolcat speaks or whether it s the fact that it s a talking cat that is in charge of a planet All cat owners know cat domination will occur at some point in the future, I often can see my cats planning my own downfall while watching me in the creepy way they sometimes do You can see it in their eyes when they are planning something and this Lolcat is the embodiment of this fact.Final Thoughts At the end of the day this really fun book to read as long as you do so with a pinch of salt and do not take it too seriously and aside from the aforementioned text speech this is a totally enjoyable read that is for readers that enjoy something a little different from the norm because it really is that This isn t realism and is pure escapism to a place that is very, very different from the world we see every day but isn t that always the best pace to escape into it I think so..I received a copy of the book for free from the publisher via Netgalley for review purposes only Reviewed for Confessions From RomaholicsReview copy kindly provided by Hodder s Children Books in exchange for a honest reviewSo I was on a blog the other day and the blogger had a discussion going whether age impact on your reading choices I said no and it had the opposite effect but after reading this book I wonder if I should reconsidered this decision.I wanted to like It s the End of the World As We Know It as it about alternative worlds and time travelling However as soon I met the main Reviewed for Confessions From RomaholicsReview copy kindly provided by Hodder s Children Books in exchange for a honest reviewSo I was on a blog the other day and the blogger had a discussion going whether age impact on your reading choices I said no and it had the opposite effect but after reading this book I wonder if I should reconsidered this decision.I wanted to like It s the End of the World As We Know It as it about alternative worlds and time travelling However as soon I met the main character Mikey I immediately had issues with him Mikey is trying to get this girl make out with him, he likes He trying to impress her with her favourite things to improve his reputation because everyone as basically teases him at school and he is sick of it.He is whining that he has to fake interest in order to improve his life and he is just off putting He pretending to like this GERILLR person and everything is fine until two things happen First his parrot calls him out for pretending with the girl and swearing away at him Secondly GERILLER starts talking to him and then the room starts to shake I don t get how as it supposed to be a TV show or something as they watching him on a screen No explanation with how and then he is whisked away to this parallel universe and then there was issues everywhere.This alternative universe drove me nuts for a number of reasons Basically the author wasn t that creative The place he ends up is called Kalifornia and then she tries to quirkiness up the place with is the villain , a female lead and some random robots I won t tell who the villain is but it is out there Basically Kix Kaloux , the female lead finds him underground in some caves and hates him on the spot because the way he looks and the fact he smells according to her And he isn t smelling well not in the sense you think he is It gets even weird when we are introduced to these robots with kooky names and like Bitzer who introduced the weird replacement of letters in words Here is some quotes from the characters that explains things are Im sorry, fr re, but that s just nasty in reference to Mikey because he doesn t have upgrades or anything and the reason why she think he smells Thought it was one of mah farts from the villain in explanation for the rip in time that allowed Mikey to time travel..Add in a weird pop reference to Justin Bieber as if we need this and I couldn t stand it any Follywood has been rocked to its foundation by the news that Boostin Jeeber is a fake MMM using Justin as entrainment was funny like , two years ago this is old And that was the final strawThis wasn t definitely my cup of tea and I wouldn t personally recommend this sci fi Ya book to anyone However I guess if you are okay with this obvious teenager male sense of humor style then give it ago I just personally couldn t stand how they spoke and acted so I couldn t bear to read it any It is a pity as I usually would force myself to reverse judgement until the end of the book and forced myself to finish so I will never know how it played out But an alternative world where most people use slang and replacement of z for s it gets pretty old fast and that why I DNF this book and not giving this book a rating.Forof my reviews, visit Confessions From Romaholics.And drop by the blog s Facebook page I received a free digital ARC of this book from NetGalley to review The book releases today, January 1, 2015.Mikey is trying to hook up with Catlyn, and he s faking an interest in Anonymous like hacker GERILLR to do it However, when GERILLR personally contacts Mikey, it pulls Mikey and his annoying, foul mouthed parrot Ubu into a technologically advanced alternate universe, it s up to this slacker to save the world BOTH of them This book is a high octane fantasy with many weird and captivati I received a free digital ARC of this book from NetGalley to review The book releases today, January 1, 2015.Mikey is trying to hook up with Catlyn, and he s faking an interest in Anonymous like hacker GERILLR to do it However, when GERILLR personally contacts Mikey, it pulls Mikey and his annoying, foul mouthed parrot Ubu into a technologically advanced alternate universe, it s up to this slacker to save the world BOTH of them This book is a high octane fantasy with many weird and captivating characters, from an evil LOLcat overlord, to a group of misfit clones and androids on a mission to defeat her to zombies yes, you read that correctly I really liked that each character had their own personality and a quirk in the way they talk much like the characters in my favorite webcomic series Homestuck At some points I had to read and reread the dialogue because of these affectations, but I felt it added to the overall feel of the worldbuilding.My favorite character was BitZer, and though small, he drives most of the novel I liked that he is the only person who can break Kix s steely exterior I also really liked the infobots Eee and Doo I can t type out special characters because they were adorable and also helped support the narrative and other characters very well In fact, all of the characters are interesting and well rounded and easy to care about and connect with.The action allows the story to change scenery often, so you venture from inside network code called the Reef to an abandoned warehouse to a nursing home, to a giant ball of cheese yes, you also read that correctly The humor is befitting of Internet memes, and one of my favorite recurring jokes is about the different scenarios the rift creates in its wake It truly is a page turner of a never ending adventure filled with plenty of action and subplots.The hacker political activist bent is also interesting because it s not only relevant in today s culture but also offers up social commentary similar topolitical literary works such as Brave New World The way that the citizens of DEVA are controlled traces that fine line between entertainment and control and its interesting to see some of the characters who are punished for doing the right thing remain steadfast and courageous in their beliefs in spite of a bleak outlook, and in turn motivate characters who are just survivingto live However, it also manages to do this without coming across as cheesy pun intended and is well balanced with thelight hearted feel of the narrative.However, there was one thing I found a bit irritating confusing about the book It is supposed to be set mostly in America, but there is a lot of British slang It s not that much of a problem, just distracting and a bit of an odd choice.I was also a bit surprised that this is the first in a series, and while I was really hoping this would be a stand alone novel, I can t say I m too disappointed that there will beof this world to follow HodderPublishing Date January 2015ISBN 9781444916683 Genre SciFiRating 3.8 5Publisher Description Welcome to a world controlled by a megalomaniac Lolcat A world where data pirates, zombies and infobots on surfboards roam free A world at war over cheese When teenager Mikey Malone gets sucked through a wormhole into this parallel world, he discovers a power crazed corporation is planning to use Earth as a dumping ground for an uncontrollabl HodderPublishing Date January 2015ISBN 9781444916683 Genre SciFiRating 3.8 5Publisher Description Welcome to a world controlled by a megalomaniac Lolcat A world where data pirates, zombies and infobots on surfboards roam free A world at war over cheese When teenager Mikey Malone gets sucked through a wormhole into this parallel world, he discovers a power crazed corporation is planning to use Earth as a dumping ground for an uncontrollable poisonous algae It s a race against time for Mikey and his rebel friends to stop the ruthless tyrants from getting their way.Review This was a lot of fun to read Wormholes, alternate realities, fukin cats that righteously die and Icelandic Pirates Another Douglas Adams sycophantic spew from a fresh perspective Recieved a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I can t I give up I wanted to quit earlier but I forced myself to get halfway at least This book drew me in with the cover and the statement For fans of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy NO Publishers please stop doing this Hitchhiker s Guide is one of my favorite books This isn t even remotely comparable This book took the Trying Really Hard to be Quirky SciFi dial and turned it WAY UP The writing was obnoxious, the plo Recieved a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I can t I give up I wanted to quit earlier but I forced myself to get halfway at least This book drew me in with the cover and the statement For fans of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy NO Publishers please stop doing this Hitchhiker s Guide is one of my favorite books This isn t even remotely comparable This book took the Trying Really Hard to be Quirky SciFi dial and turned it WAY UP The writing was obnoxious, the plot was basically non existent and the charactersoh the characters