Take the All-Mart! by JI Graco
(Excerpt from Goodreads) Trip’s a post-modern cyborg with a head full of mind-machine interface gear and an ego no head can contain. His brother Rudy’s gut houses a miniature chemical factory constantly pumping THC directly into his bloodstream and yet he still can barely put up with Trip.
They roar into the Wasteland in their two-hundred-year-old mind-controlled Dodge hoping to escape the wrath of a jilted warlord queen — and end up having to take on a sentient, zombie-filled, world-devouring department store for the love of a sexy, orgy-loving cyber-chick. And a reward. Okay, mostly the reward.
The story starts out with Trip and Rudy on the run from the WOLFpack. Basically a gang that is wired into their leader that is sitting in the back seat of the Wound, Trip and Rudy’s vehicle. The plan to run into an All-Mart, a giant store/factory that is continually growing, claims everything in its way, and turns people to zombies. After negotiating with the WOLFpack, they are off on their next adventure.
They decide to go to Shunk. There they find that the main commodity is beer and the locals seem way to honest and friendly. They share everything and don’t even have a bank, just a vault in the beer factory. This looks like the easiest heist that Trip and Rudy have done in a while. But Trip runs into Roxanne, a nun of the No Mercy Order. This delays the heist then they run into complications.
Roxanne ends up running late for the worshipping of the All-Mart! after her night with Trip. The other girls of No Mercy don’t really believe in worshipping the All-Mart! but the mother superior does so they are all out. But something goes wrong and they are all sucked into the All-Mart! Trip steps up and volunteers to save them and get out of being hung for the heist.
This was an interesting read. I admit that when I first started reading it I was wondering if I should continue. This is an interesting story with jacks where people can plug into vehicles, free beer that is more plentiful than water, nuns that practice sex and drug use, a giant super store that takes control of other super stores, and everything in between.
It was a quick read and kept me entertained enough to finish it. But I admit that it is not one of the books I generally read and can’t really recommend this. It wasn’t a horrible story but not one that is really worth wasting any time on.
I received this book for free from Book Rooster in exchange for an honest opinion.