There is something that I cannot resist about a slim novel and this one comes in at 149 pages plus has a great cover. I'll be honest and say upfront that this isn't a book for everyone but I really liked it. It was weird, which I love, and it was scifi without feeling like scifi.
This is our world after the vuvv, an alien race shaped somewhat like coffee tables, have landed. The vuvv are all about efficiency and when they first landed they promised Earth a world with no more work and no more disease. However, all of their tech was sold to the highest bidders and now the economy is in ruins. Adam used to have a normal life but now his father is gone, there's another family living in his basement, and his mother has been unemployed for months. Adam is a painter in a world where most art is digital and each short chapter feels like a painting. Adam is trying to find ways to support his family, by recording his relationship with Chloe for the vuvv and entering in an art contest, while dealing with a disease makes digestion miserable.
I thought this was a really interesting book. It looked at the line between the haves and have-nots in a way that didn't feel heavy handed. Adam's family used to be middle class and I like how it painted the picture that anyone could lose everything. Adam's mother never gives up hope and Adam is always trying to come up with a better way. Great scifi for someone who doesn't necessarily like scifi. -RYQ