The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse – Nina Post

★★★★
Provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

“When hundreds of fallen angels and dimension-hopping monsters take over a highrise condo building, a down-on-her-luck bounty hunter must team up with an unlikely group of allies to prevent the apocalypse.”

Reading The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse (hereafter referred to as TLCBOTA) is somewhat akin to having a carpet whipped out from under you, rapidly and repeatedly. It’s a madcap dash through Pothole city, where magical creatures and demons roam around and have petty fights with their exes. In Pothole city, Single-Purpose angels (SPs) fulfill very specialised roles (the angel of returning small birds to their owners, the angel of 3am, the angel of HVAC Units and so on), and will only eat CluckSnacks snack foods (Cluck Snack P’nut Butt’r Chunks – ‘For Ferrets, Not Dogs’).

And at luxury condo Amenity Tower, fallen angels attend condo board meetings to sort out the pizza delivery issue, vote on whether Deathworms should be allowed in the building (they make great pets, but the shrieking is horrible), and make plans for their apocalyptic escape. Bounty hunter (and master of disguise) Kelly Driscoll has 2 days to infiltrate Amenity Tower, prevent the apocalypse, and maybe flirt a little with that handsome Angel of Destruction.

TLCBOTA is very strange, and very funny – it’s extremely surreal, offbeat humour can be a little hard to keep up with (plot points whizz by like SPs on a CluckSnack overdose, conversations take extreme left-turns and in general logic shakes its head dolefully and hides in the bathroom so it doesn’t have to be involved in this). It’s messy and chaotic and just plain oddball, but it’s worth it. The whole experience is like a Discworld fever-dream, or perhaps Jasper Fforde writing on just a wee bit of LSD.

This is definitely not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but for fans of whacked-out humour, lighthearted storytelling and a bit of a detective story hidden in the middle, TLCBOTA is definitely a great way to spend an afternoon.

*****

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