Sex, Bugs and Heads will Roll: a review of Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

In the small town of Ealing, iowa, Austin and his best friend Robby have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things.

This is the truth. this is history.
It’s the end of the world.
And nobody knows anything about it.

I really did not know what to expect when I received a review copy of Grasshopper Jungle. At first I thought “Oh just another YA apocalypse!” But it is not! It is so much more, this book is funking* AWESOME! It should win awards and if there is any justice in the world it will be hailed as a classic a year or so down the line.

Once you start reading it will grip you like a praying mantis and hold you until you have devoured it or ti will haunt you as you go about doing other things until you have finished it.

Grasshopper Jungle is a history of how the end of the world began, written by Austin Szerba (confused) accompanied by his best friend Robby (gay) and his girlfriend Shann.

Austin is a typical teenager inasmuch he is constantly horny and wants nothing more than to have sex with his girlfriend, and at times with his best friend, occasionally at the same time. He is confused about things but also obsessed with chronicling his history, the history of his ancestors – how they came to America and how they died.

Grasshopper Jungle confused me, it is one of the flat-out weirdest books I have read in years and also one of the best! the neon greeny-yellow cover will catch your eye but it is the story that you will remember.

Open and honest with raw emotions and at times extremely bloody Grasshopper Jungle is the first gonzo YA novel I have ever read and I loved it!

*Yes ‘funking’

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