Grasshopper Jungle | 2 star review
Published by Dutton Books
Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the story of how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.
To make matters worse, Austin's hormones are totally oblivious; they don't care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He's stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it's up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.
I am so impressed with myself, Grasshopper Jungle was one of the books on my 2018 Must Read list, and I got two in one month! I will say Grasshopper Jungle is not for the faint-hearted. I struggled with this book, because the main character really annoyed me, but then I was so intrigued by how the story was going to end that I couldn’t put it down. That isn’t to say I will be picking it up ever again. This was definitely a one time read and it will be donated in due course.
The biggest problem with this book and the main reason I won’t be picking Grasshopper Jungle ever again is the main character, he annoyed me SO much. The way he treated his best friend and girlfriend was disgusting and I know for a fact that if any of my friends acted like that I wouldn’t have anything to do with them EVER again. I think the problem was there wasn’t any redeeming factors to his character, plus I just wasn’t a fan of how everything related back to how horny he was. I think this book would have been better if there had been another narrator.
I think the redeeming factor for Grasshopper Jungle would be the way the unique way the story unwinds and I have to say the ending is really well done. You really don’t see it coming, well I didn’t anyway. And I think that is definitely why I won’t be picking it up again, the ending was what makes this book worth it and now I know what happens I’m just not interested, so it’s the saving grace yet the main reason why I won’t be picking it up again.
I don’t know whether I would recommend Grasshopper Jungle, I definitely didn’t enjoy it and the pay off wasn’t worth the struggle it took to get there. I’m actually really disappointed because I really loved Winger and I thought that this might be on the same thread and the same level, but alas, disappointment reigns.
Have you read Grasshopper Jungle? What were your thoughts? Will you read it again? Let me know in the comments!