Sunday, September 17, 2017

[Book Review] The Pink Heist by Adam El Shalakany

The Pink Heist by Adam El Shalakany was such a fun read! I was laughing out loud on almost every page. From very early on, I decided that it definitely had a similar humorous tone as Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, so of course I loved every single second of it!

If you're a Hitchhikers fan, stop right here and go pick up this book! Here's the amazon link.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

The Pink Heist by Adam El Shalakany

There exists in the Kepler region of known space the exo-planet Disappear which lies hidden between the folds of four stars. The erratic orbit of these stars hide the residents of this planet from the scans of the 'versal authorities. As a result, the citizens of Disappear tend to be of the criminal variety.

There on Disappear begins one of the greatest heists in the known 'verse.

Mr. Qruise is a stranger. Having survived a fall into a black hole he can now ‘pop’ in and out of existence. A coward and an unlicensed archeologist, his only ambition is to drink his days away and go to a dig or two. Unfortunately for him, strangers are a rare commodity in the ‘verse and he is quickly dragged into the adventure to rob the La2x family vault.

Mancy La2x is the cruel and cunning daughter of the head of the La2x family, the most ruthless family this side of the ‘verse. She threatens and coerces her crew to follow her orders. Their mission, should they choose to accept it or not, is to rob her family vault for reasons known only to her.

The Zenbot is a killing machine and a master of all the known martial arts, and some unknown. A brilliant tactician and strategist Zenbot is the one being in the ‘verse you want by your side in a pinch. The inorganic is also a pacifist, which makes its role as the muscle in Mancy’s plan all the more challenging.

Captain Pippy surfs suns for fun and is the crew’s pilot. Her job is to make sure Mancy and the rest make it to the vault in one piece. She’s quite mad and is the only one who enjoys the death defying trip.

VII, the cryptographer, lives most of her life in a game simulation. She detests the real world and is bribed by Mancy to help on the mission. A scoundrel and not to be trusted, VII is only loyal to herself and her pet mouse Algy.

Freedman, Zenbot’s second pupil, is a lucky son of a gun. He can cook a mushroom any way you’d like and always seems to land on his feet, no matter what the ‘verse throws at him.

The crew, together, have to find a way to survive Mancy’s mad mission to travel across space-time and rob one of the best protected bases in the ‘verse.

The Pink Heist will take you across the corrupt, bumbling future, all the way from Sweetspot, Disappear, a city full of criminals, to La2x City One, an empire full of criminals.

Read on if you like to laugh.

My thoughts:
The last line of the synopsis is key, "Read on if you like to laugh." This book was absolutely  hysterical! 

I was chuckling on almost every single page, but one scene specifically made me laugh to the point of tears! A quick backstory; in the virtual world, there's a scene where Zenbot locks Mr. Qruise in a warehouse and tells him to make tea before he returns. Qruise ends up pulling out electrical wires and using his clothing to start a fire to heat the tea. But the fire gets out of control very quickly and Qruise almost dies. 

Later this happened and I just couldn't stop laughing: 
"Mr. Qruise, as my pupil I believe you should accompany us. There is always a lesson to be found, in the clean and dirty."
"Yeah, yeah. I remember your lessons. Didn't work so well for me with the damned tea." 
"I went back to the warehouse, in Woshu, looking for you. The tea was burnt but you achieved what I asked of you. Though to be honest you may have made a bit too much fire. Too much ying Mr Qruise. I believe this next lesson will be to focus on the yang." 

Needless to say, the writing style was right up my alley! The plot was interesting and always kept me guessing at what would happen next. The pacing of the story was perfect and there was never a dull moment, even during the slower bits between the larger action scenes.  

There were so many elements of the story that I found incredibly interesting, whether that was the virtual world, the space race, or the Blasticore (which was a creature that takes the shape of whatever you're afraid of, but actually looks like a bunny if you can overcome your fear), or anything in-between! 

Then there were the characters... The main characters were all so wonderfully developed. I really loved each and every one of them! I'd love to read another book about their adventures. 

My only slight complaint was that I had an early edition of the book, so there were many formatting, punctuation, spelling, and grammatical errors. However, understanding that this was an early version, I didn't let this get to me. :)

My favorite passages:
...the exoplanet's name is Disappear. Which is why throughout the 'verse when someone says they're going to disappear you can never really know what they mean. These statements are usually followed by questions as to whether the 'D' is capitalized or not. 

Calling the GBG a bar is an exaggerated compliment to the run down old saloon, with its creaky broken swinging doors, bad alcohol, bad service and even worse clientele. 

"...So now we're all on the same page, let's forget the plan and get this bomb out of my noggin and let bygones be bygones, what do you say, Mancy? I've always said you're a wonderfully rational person, for as long as I've known you, these past few hours."

He made rude hand gestures to the both of them and exited the room. A few moments later he re-entered the room picked up a bottle of rum and made his final exit in a huff. 

The swearing was followed almost immediately with screams in the unified dialect of pain and fear, "Arrgghhhh!!!"

My final thoughts: 
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you enjoy stories set in space with a hysterical cast of characters, you have to give this one a go!

Thanks for reading!
What is your favorite space-based novel?


  1. This sounds like so much fun. I'm definitely going to check it out! I could use some more humor in my reading.

    1. For sure!! The ebook version is only $2.99 right now! :) It's a total steal!!

  2. Got to love Pink Books - Strange ones!

    Yep, can you tell I'm catching up? LOL I'm on holiday soon, and that will make it difficult for me to comment then, too! So making the most of it now. Honestly, after my laptop broke down, it really threw my schedule out the window. Rolls eyes!

    Good to be back!

    Luv Sass

    1. Haha! I need to do some blog hopping this weekend! I've been slacking. I'm so glad you're back! :)

      I hope you enjoy your holiday!!

  3. I think a book you can have a good laugh with is a good book, and that is why this one appeals to me so much. I have to say the title did catch my eye! I am glad the characters and plot were so well developed too ;)

    1. Right?! I hope you love this one as much as I did if you get the chance to pick it up! :)