What da cover says: Nobody gives a shit anymore.
We are all selfish, greedy, impatient, uncaring, and ruthless – but maybe we can take a moment for a story.
With modern technology and the ease of interaction, we have become more confident and less concerned with anyone or anything that does not directly impact us. We have also become cruel. Desensitized to sex, violence, and death as a result, and stepping over any bodies that fall in our paths on the way to the end of another boring day.
An old man tries to find a reason to keep going. A cocky insurance adjuster looks to deny you everything, including your dignity. An IT rep does what he can to impress a dissatisfied mother. A morose fast food employee has to decide if she wants a promotion or a quick exit. A shady secretary uses the only assets she has to win the support of her boss, a dying fiancé, and the family she left at home. A lone nurse tries to provide help in a medical environment devoid of any care. A single mother learns too late that her children are her life.
Everyone for themselves. Everyone worthless.
Equal in death.
What I says: I am one of those old fashioned people who can easily be swayed into reading a book by a good cover, so far this hasn’t let me down. When I first saw this book I thought, nah, looks dull, then I looked a bit closer at what looked like writing in the background, a collection of quotes of reviews about the book? One in particular caught my eye, “Had a cry and a wank at the same time.” Well that was me sold.
The book looks at the world and how it is filled with terrible, selfish people, the real dregs of society, gold-diggers, insurance guys, fast food managers and the worst of the worst….IT support. From each character you come across you get a sense that they were never always like this, events in their life has led them to being like they are, it almost reads as a warning, there is still time to turn things around, little things might help, like treating one of the main characters with a little respect. Michael is a homeless war vet trying to get by, suffering from PTSD. Kevin Berg cleverly uses him to introduce each of the other characters in the book, how they treat him tells you how their life is going to play out.
There are some fantastic lines in this book, my favourite has to be the one used in the books blurb:
“Everyone for themselves. Everyone worthless.
Equal in death.”
I feel lucky that somebody had a cry-wank over this book because I probably wouldn’t have given it a go.