It’s possible that when you look at the above cover, you’re not thinking “Wow! That’s going to be a fun wacky romp of a read!” Your thoughts are probably more like “Oh my goodness, that poor woman has blood all over her face…and, look, her eye is kind of messed up! Horror! Horror! Horror!”
But “a fun wacky romp of a read” is a completely accurate description, although they probably wouldn’t put that blurb on the book. My actual blurb is:
“Adrienne Jones’ Backbite is one of the most fun, inventive, and entertaining books I’ve read in years!” –Jeff Strand
First of all, there aren’t going to be any spoilers here, because much of the fun in Backbite comes from the fact that you’ll have absolutely no frickin’ idea where this book is headed. It’s okay to read the official synopsis, which tells you about genetic experiments and stuff, but don’t let anybody spoil it beyond that. If somebody comes up to you and says “Hey, have you read the part in Backbite where–?” immediately bash their head in with a crowbar. If you don’t have a crowbar, use your teeth.
I guess if I were forced to pick a genre, I’d have to call this a science fiction novel, but it really defies classification. The book’s tone and story are all over the place, which in the hands of a less talented author it might make you scream “Make up your damn mind!” but in this book works outstandingly well. It’s got laugh-out-loud humor, wince-inducing violence, frowny-face-inducing sorrow, and mysteries galore. Complications for our poor hero pile up at an insane rate. It’s dark and it’s twisted, but most of all, the book is just plain FUN.