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"Mr. King looks at all our upcoming problems, and imagines a local reaction to each one. The result is often funny, usually sardonic, and always imaginative , what with all the mole rats, flesh drones, dimeheads, and especially 'The Grifter's Guide to the Territories FKA USA,' a notable addition to the line of imaginary authorities."
-- The Wall Street Journal

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Reed King's amazingly audacious novel is something of a cross between L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz , Douglas Adams's A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , Cormac McCarthy's The Road , and Ernest Cline's Ready Player One .

In Reed King's wildly imaginative and possibly prescient debut, the United States has dissolved in the wake of environmental disasters and the catastrophic policies of its final president.

It is 2085, and Truckee Wallace, a factory worker in Crunchtown 407 (formerly Little Rock, Arkansas, before the secessions), has no grand ambitions besides maybe, possibly, losing his virginity someday.

But when Truckee is thrust unexpectedly into the spotlight he is tapped by the President for a sensitive political mission: to deliver a talking goat across the continent. The fate of the world depends upon it.

The problem is--Truckee's not sure it's worth it.

Joined on the road by an android who wants to be human and a former convict lobotomized in Texas, Truckee will navigate an environmentally depleted and lawless continent with devastating--and hilarious--parallels to our own, dodging body pickers and Elvis-worshippers and logo girls, body subbers, and VR addicts.

Elvis-willing, he may even lose his virginity.

FKA USA is the epic novel we've all been waiting for about the American end of times, with its unavoidable sense of being on the wrong end of the roller coaster ride. It is a masterwork of ambition, humor, and satire with the power to make us cry, despair, and laugh out loud all at once. It is a tour de force unlike anything else you will read this year.

Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250108890
Branch Call Number: FICTION KING
Characteristics: 463 pages ; 25 cm


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Book Review: FKA USA by Reed King By Ryland Johnson We live in foreboding times. There’s real danger threatening the human race: pandemic disease, climate change, nuclear proliferation, war, guns, consumerism, corporations, pollution, zealotry and madness, and, as art mirrors life, there’s no shortage of books these days imagining the awful end of it all. This is why maybe-android Reed… (more)

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Nov 05, 2020

I got about halfway through this book before I finally gave up on it. I still didn’t care about the characters or their quest and the near-future dystopia just felt sad.

Aug 03, 2020

This story was not for me; I didn't get past the first two chapters. There were too many footnotes and "historical" details that I had to read, understand, and memorize to make sense of the story. . Reading Thucydides "Peloponnesian Wars" is easier going.


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