I wasn’t sure what to think of Explosive Decompression when I first started reading it. It is in your face and shocking, but still funny and sweet. It’s definitely genre-defying. Calling it science fiction would not be enough. Explosive Decompression is a cross between a hardboiled detective story from the 1940s and a Buck Rogers serial, if Sam Spade and/or Buck were a foulmouthed tiny female scientist.
There is violence, nudity, swearing and sex scenes (although not graphic). These are all things I am not a big fan of in the books I read, but somehow it all works. I was also impressed by how well Sheppard wrote for a female protagonist. I really identified with the “girly” part of Audrey, who loves pink and keeping her hands clean and being cute (something has plagued me for many years 😉
My only complaint about the story (tongue-in-cheek) is its portrayal of a future Canadian government. Could Canadians every be anything other than nice?
I highly recommend Explosion Decompression for lovers of science fiction, political satire, and the generally irreverent (ala Christopher Moore). A must read!!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
About the Author:
John L. Sheppard wrote the novels After the Jump, No Brass, No Ammo and Small Town Punk.