Wong’s cynical humor takes trip into future


Derby Roan

‘Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits,’ the third novel by Cracked.com’s head editor David Wong, was released in October 2016.

Derby Roan, Copy Editor

The third novel from Cracked.com’s executive editor David Wong, aka Jason Pargin, hit the shelves on Oct. 6, 2016, and critics are surprisingly happy with it.
‘Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits’ is the story of a small-town girl who’s thrown into the chaos of the big city after her estranged father’s death, but with a twist. In the city, she’s famous and a target for kidnapping with a huge ransom on her head and rival gangs competing to capture her first.
Wong retains the juvenile, satirical sense of humor that his fans love him for, and the story line is nothing short of weird. But for me, this book wasn’t all I wanted it to be. I blame that on Wong’s first two books, ‘John Dies at the End’ and its sequel ‘This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It.’ I thought those two books were perfect in every way. When I heard about ‘Futuristic Violence,’ I started building my expectations, hoping it’d be up there with the greats. It just didn’t cut it.
While I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Futuristic Violence’ and would recommend it to everyone, it just didn’t match up with Wong’s prior work. It’s still a great book to check out and enjoy in the new year. While you’re at it, just remember to check out Wong’s older masterpieces, too.

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