#94- Read a Book Based Entirely on Its Cover

Have you ever, whilst perusing the shelves at Barnes and Noble, found yourself suddenly enraptured by the cover art of a random novel?

Have you then proceeded to pick up said novel, flip it open to read the dust jacket synopsis, and re-shelve it after finding it disappointing and unappealing?

I have. So many times.

Similarly, I'm certain I've bypassed many a good book because of lackluster cover art.

While brainstorming some unique reading goals for this 101 Things in 1001 Days List, I thought, You're not supposed to judge a book by its cover. But what if I did? Hence, #94- Read a Book Based Entirely on Its Cover.

I received a $15 Barnes and Noble gift card from Swagbucks a few months ago after amassing so many points from taking surveys and junk (pretty cool!). On one of our day trips to Columbia, Missouri, last year, Matt and I stopped at B&N to find something to spend it on (woot!).

I wandered over to the staff recommendation section, and my eyes immediately fixed on this cover:

Apocalypticon by Clayton Smith.

Oooh, the apocalypse! And that hand sprouting from the earth...looks like zombies!!! Creepy, dead trees. Nice. And um, WHOA. Is that Cinderella's castle in the background?!? 

I was pretty much sold. Then I flipped it over and read the synopsis on the back:

Three years have passed since the Jamaicans caused the apocalypse, and things in post-Armageddon Chicago have settled into a new kind of normal. Unfortunately, that "normal" includes collapsing skyscrapers, bands of bloodthirsty maniacs, and a dwindling cache of survival supplies. After watching his family, friends, and most of the non-sadistic elements of society crumble around him, Patrick decides it's time to cross one last item off his bucket list. He’s going to Disney World. 

...He got me at post-Armageddon and Disney World (especially since the husband and I have been slowly developing a GREAT story concept involving Disney World and the apocalypse; based on the cover, it looked like Clayton Smith had beaten us to it).

So, I bought this book. And now, I've finally read it!

One thing I was not expecting, at all, was the constant comedy throughout the book. Evidently, the apocalypse doesn't have to be one dark, gut-wrenching, traumatizing, unfortunate event after another that leaves readers/viewers emotionally drained and feeling hopeless (like, ahem, The Walking Dead).
No, this was like the guys from Psych facing the end of the world.

Seriously. Patrick is Shawn Spencer. I pictured James Roday the entire book.

Man. I reaaaally miss Psych. 

Anyway, Apocalypticon has so much snark and sarcasm, I was way more entertained than I thought I'd be. It was pretty hilarious, and it poked a lot of fun at all the grim post-apocalyptic fiction out there. It turned out to be Psych meets The Odyssey with zombies (sort of), societal collapse, deadly flying monkeys, and Disney World, which was...refreshingly new.

BUT THE ENDING. Oh my. The ending was unexpectedly perfect. I did not expect this book to make me cry, but it sure did. In a good, very satisfying way.   

My only real complaint about this book? There's a pretty steady amount of profanity. More GD's and F-bombs than I care to read, for sure. But, it wasn't overly distracting until close to the end. Overall, it was a super fun read about two guys on a crazy road trip to Magic Kingdom in a post-apocalyptic U.S.A. I blew through it in two or three sittings. It was that good. 

I give it 4.5 out of 5 Snack Pack puddings. 

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