My Favorite Band Does Not Existby Robert T. Jeschonek
Sixteen-year-old genius Idea Deity believes that he exists only in the pages of a novel written by a malevolent, omnipotent author . . . and that he will die in chapter 64. Meanwhile, an older teen named Reacher Mirage sings lead vocals for the undercover rock band Youforia . . . a band that exists in Idea’s world only as an Internet hoax that Idea himself perpetuated. Then there’s beautiful and mysterious Eunice Truant, who links their destinies. When Idea and Reacher plunge into the reality of Fireskull’s Revenant, the twisted epic fantasy novel they’ve both been reading, chapter 64 bears down on them like a speeding freight train on an unstoppable collision course. Being trapped in a bad book can be a nightmare. Just ask Idea Deity.
Robert T. Jeschonek "sees the world like no one else sees it, and makes incredibly witty, incisive stories out of that skewed worldview."—Mike Resnick, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Starship series
"Recalling outsider films like Donnie Darko or Gregg Araki's Teenage Apocalypse trilogy, this proudly surreal piece of metafiction could develop a cult following."—Publishers Weekly
"This first novel has all the look of a cult fave: baffling to many, an anthem for a few, and unlike anything else out there."—Booklist, starred review
"It is also, however, a brilliantly developed and impeccably presented story that will engage readers immediately and keep them intrigued through to the last twists."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Libraries looking for a strong addition to their science-fiction collections will want to invest in this sophisticated novel."—School Library Journal
Guys with weird names, girls with creepy tattoos and a splintered universe form the core of this novel that's so meta it loses itself to its own cleverness.
Idea Deity (yes, that's his real name) spends most of his life inventing the online world of Youforia, a rock-'n'-roll band that's taken the Internet by storm, even though they don't exist. He suffers from Deity Syndrome, a fear that he might exist only in the pages of a novel. Somewhere else lives Reacher Mirage, the lead singer of Youforia, a band that's taken the Internet by storm, even though they've never recorded a song or an album. Neither knows the other exists. Both have girlfriends with strangely similar names and tattoos, and both are reading a hokey horror/fantasy novel calledFireskull's Revenantwith two warring characters who might hold a clue to their existence. Bizarre? Yes. Complex? Yes. Hard to follow? Absolutely. Jesschonek's puzzling, if ambitious debut mashes too many characters, too many plots and too many oddities together, making it more of a hot mess than a cohesive narrative. Just when readers think they've wrapped their brains around what's going on, he throws another curve ball. The back stories to Idea's and Reacher's lives aren't revealed until the end, and by then readers might have already given up.
Will the band get back together, or will the world end? Who cares?(Science fiction. 14 & up)
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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- 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
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- 12 Years
Meet the Author
Robert T. Jeschonek's short stories have appeared in anthologies published by DAW (a science fiction and fantasy imprint of Penguin), several Star Trek anthologies published by Pocket Books, and in numerous print and online magazines. He has also written stories for DC Comics and is working on a Twitter serial called "Shave," forthcoming in 2011. For more information, please visit him on the web at www.thefictioneer.com. This is Robert's first novel. He lives in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
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An amazing book. Really well written