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New York Times best-selling author David Wong's Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick is the latest - and arguably greatest - sci-fi thriller in the Zoey Ashe series.

In the futuristic city of Tabula Ra$a, Zoey Ashe is like a fish so far out of water that it has achieved orbit. After inheriting a criminal empire, the 23-year-old finds herself under threat from all sides as a rogue's gallery of larger-than-life enemies think they smell weakness.

On the eve of the world's most lavish and ridiculous Halloween celebration, a steamer trunk-sized box arrives at Zoey's door, and she is shocked to find that it contains a disemboweled corpse. She is even more shocked when that corpse, controlled by an unknown party, rises and goes on a rampage through the house. Speaking in an electronic voice, it publicly accuses Zoey of being its murderer. This is the kind of thing that almost never happened at her old job.

The city was already a ticking time bomb of publicity-hungry vigilantes with superhuman enhancements, and Zoey knows this turn of events is unlikely to improve the situation. Now, she and her team of high-tech tricksters have to solve this bizarre murder while simultaneously keeping Tabula Ra$a from descending into chaos.

“Biting humor and blatant digs at modern society overlay a subtly brilliant and thoughtful plot” (Publishers Weekly) in John Dies at the End author David Wong’s first installment of the Zoey Ashe series, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits. Now, “one of today’s great satirists” (Nerdist) is back with Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick, the second installment in a “Technicolor tomorrowland” (Kirkus Reviews).

©2020 David Wong (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Not as interesting as the first one

I really liked Futuristic Violence and Suits, it was funny, dark and interesting. This story, second in the series, was a more obvious ‘hey, look at this crazy thing we’ve done’ funny. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book. It didn’t feel purposeful. It felt like the middle book in a series, just a filler to connect the first and last book. Which was particularly noticeable in how this book ended, compared to the first book which felt like a good stand alone. I liked the development of the relationship between Zoey and Echo. The narrator was good, although I did prefer the voice of ‘Will Blackwater’ in the first book.

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Zoe does it Again!

and outstanding sequel to Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits with Zoe and her 'suits' going head to head with a new 'villain' and the same patronising sexist attitudes that women the world over have to deal with on an almost daily basis.
This time, the battle is fought in the physical world and an mmorpg with the lines blurred.
through all of this, Zoe is still trying to come to terms with her father's criminal legacy and how to make things right and life better for as many people as she can.
This series is definitely worth a read/listen. Wong has built a believable near future world where lives are lived and livestreamed through Blink and nearly everyone has at least a drone following them around so they don't miss their 'photo or it didn't happen moments' and their chance to be a viral sensation. Be sure to start with the first book, you won't regret it!

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Futuristic Fun

A fun take of tackling neck-bearded incels and mobsters in Americas' "Dubai" with future tech.

What more do you want for escapism? David Wong (Jason Pargin) makes another fun book to blast through to forget the dumpster fire that is year 2020. The blank slate city of Tabula-rasa founded by Zoey's gangster father is a great setting where anything goes if you've got the money/power or balls to pull it off.

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  • Adrian Puente
  • 05-12-20

Meh to pretty much Ok

I have read all three books of John Dies at the End and the first Zoey’s book twice and I was excited about this book to the point of almost preordering.

Anyways. I hated Zoey all the way until the last two hours of the Audiobook. More than Punching the Future she whines it to exhaustion. Also the whole Incels Life Matters movement was a little too much.

This whole discourse of the wealthy and the poor is a common subject all the way to the very end of the book so embrace yourself. It has a pretty good plot twist that I was totally not expecting and the resolution was ok. I mean this a super self centered, insecure, probably uneducated, trailer park girl that after being chased in the real and virtual worlds, shot, mauled, burned and emotionally scarred by her mom manages to get a master plan that gives social and economical balance to Tabula Ra$a.

It’s not a bad book, I don’t know if I recommend it, probably not. Anyways, I still love the other David Wong's books.

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  • DoYouEvenPrime?
  • 17-11-20

The teen angst destroys the lackluster plot

This is such a sad continuation of the misadventures of Zoe Ash. The never ending teenager angst is exhausting. Yes, we get it you’re a fat trailer Park slob. Now please take your hundreds of millions of dollars and entire pervious book and move ON and grow UP. it almost feels as if Wong gave up on this one.

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  • Brianna Stahl
  • 15-11-20

Loved the story but....

The narration was an unwelcome change. She drags out vowels seemingly at random. Character individuality is almost nonexistent, she seems to default to a weird boston accent for a few too many male characters....

I gave it a shot, but most of the time it felt like the narrator was reading from on stage with this wine drunk tempo.

She definitely has promise as a performer, but this didn't pan out.

Hopefully it gets redone with the original narrator at some point, but I'm guessing that's a pipe dream.

Bummer.

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  • JN
  • 26-11-20

Woeful

I've read all published works of David Wong (Jason), and enjoyed most of it. This is very likely his worst published book to date. It lacks... well, everything. It is notably devoid of Jason's characteristic humor, it lacks his blunt writing style, and it lacks anything remotely resembling a cohesive plot. I suspect that it wouldn't have come out much different if it were ghost written.

I really enjoyed Futuristic Violence (book 1 in this series), but this continuation seemed like it was a book comprised entirely of filler... there was no clear end goal in sight for the characters, reader, or probably even Jason himself. This book undid a lot of the characterization for the main characters from book 1, so it really torpedoed the series entirely. Are the Suits supposed to be overqualified experts at navigating the waters of Tabula Ra$a, or are they an inept circus brigade who cause farcical events everywhere they go? Jason couldn't seem to decide, and instead rubber-banded back and forth throughout this book.

The entire book just felt like the result of a writing deadline, must get X many pages turned in by Y date. I don't recall having ever read anything so uninspired... this book was a chore to get through, and left me uninterested in any future books in this series.

Sidenote, Elizabeth Evans turned in another fantastic performance on the audio. Despite the many characters, Evans manages a unique voice for each of them and really puts on a show of her vocal range and linguistic ability in this book.

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  • God(less)
  • 11-11-20

Weird conflict resolution.

The resolution of conflict doesn't really make sense with the character motivations. Almost all problems are because everyone talks at each other but never listen.

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  • M
  • 18-12-20

Great and incomplete.

This was a good listen. The narrator was awesome. I can say I enjoyed listening to it. It was weird though. And that's fine for a David Wong book. The thing that gets to me is that it was like a tv episode instead of a full length movie. With how long it took for this book to come out, I kinda expected it to be more. It's themes are great. There are actually lessons to learn. Of course it's hilarious at times. There's just so much happening without anything really happening. By the end I didn't know who the real bad guys were. Maybe that's the point. There are questions brought up towards the end that never get answered. Maybe it'll be in the next book but there were things at the end of the last book that never came to anything in this book. I want more fleshed out characters though. Will and Zoey's ending conversation seemed to hint at something more to his role in her life but damn I hate waiting for another book. JDATE comes next so I assume it'll be 2 or more years before we get another book for Zoey.

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  • ceberhar
  • 21-06-21

Funny and chilling

David Wong again accomplishes the complicated feat of turning a skewed mirror on our social-obsessed culture in a darkly funny manner. Everything is always 10 times stupider than you think it is. Excellent book and narrator.

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  • R. Faucher
  • 18-06-21

the future asked for it

the future blinks it's nanocamera lenses, ultraviolence ensues to an enlightened Howard Chaykin technogangster staccato beat

respectfully milk these antiheros sir

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  • Anthony Fantozzi
  • 13-06-21

dayum

cyberpunk future all the way! like visiting a foreign country, the second time around was the best! highly recommended!

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  • Westley E.
  • 09-06-21

one of the best of David wongs books!

David Wongs books never disappoint. The narrative is edgy, fun, and always dripping in dark humor. The performance and story are top notch. I highly recommend.