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New York Times best-selling author David Wong's Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick is the latest - and arguably greatest - sci-fi thriller in the Zoey Ashe series.

In the futuristic city of Tabula Ra$a, Zoey Ashe is like a fish so far out of water that it has achieved orbit. After inheriting a criminal empire, the 23-year-old finds herself under threat from all sides as a rogue's gallery of larger-than-life enemies think they smell weakness.

On the eve of the world's most lavish and ridiculous Halloween celebration, a steamer trunk-sized box arrives at Zoey's door, and she is shocked to find that it contains a disemboweled corpse. She is even more shocked when that corpse, controlled by an unknown party, rises and goes on a rampage through the house. Speaking in an electronic voice, it publicly accuses Zoey of being its murderer. This is the kind of thing that almost never happened at her old job.

The city was already a ticking time bomb of publicity-hungry vigilantes with superhuman enhancements, and Zoey knows this turn of events is unlikely to improve the situation. Now, she and her team of high-tech tricksters have to solve this bizarre murder while simultaneously keeping Tabula Ra$a from descending into chaos.

“Biting humor and blatant digs at modern society overlay a subtly brilliant and thoughtful plot” (Publishers Weekly) in John Dies at the End author David Wong’s first installment of the Zoey Ashe series, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits. Now, “one of today’s great satirists” (Nerdist) is back with Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick, the second installment in a “Technicolor tomorrowland” (Kirkus Reviews).

©2020 David Wong, Jason Pargin (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Loved the story but....

The narration was an unwelcome change. She drags out vowels seemingly at random. Character individuality is almost nonexistent, she seems to default to a weird boston accent for a few too many male characters....

I gave it a shot, but most of the time it felt like the narrator was reading from on stage with this wine drunk tempo.

She definitely has promise as a performer, but this didn't pan out.

Hopefully it gets redone with the original narrator at some point, but I'm guessing that's a pipe dream.

Bummer.

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Meh to pretty much Ok

I have read all three books of John Dies at the End and the first Zoey’s book twice and I was excited about this book to the point of almost preordering.

Anyways. I hated Zoey all the way until the last two hours of the Audiobook. More than Punching the Future she whines it to exhaustion. Also the whole Incels Life Matters movement was a little too much.

This whole discourse of the wealthy and the poor is a common subject all the way to the very end of the book so embrace yourself. It has a pretty good plot twist that I was totally not expecting and the resolution was ok. I mean this a super self centered, insecure, probably uneducated, trailer park girl that after being chased in the real and virtual worlds, shot, mauled, burned and emotionally scarred by her mom manages to get a master plan that gives social and economical balance to Tabula Ra$a.

It’s not a bad book, I don’t know if I recommend it, probably not. Anyways, I still love the other David Wong's books.

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The teen angst destroys the lackluster plot

This is such a sad continuation of the misadventures of Zoe Ash. The never ending teenager angst is exhausting. Yes, we get it you’re a fat trailer Park slob. Now please take your hundreds of millions of dollars and entire pervious book and move ON and grow UP. it almost feels as if Wong gave up on this one.

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  • JN
  • 11-26-20

Woeful

I've read all published works of David Wong (Jason), and enjoyed most of it. This is very likely his worst published book to date. It lacks... well, everything. It is notably devoid of Jason's characteristic humor, it lacks his blunt writing style, and it lacks anything remotely resembling a cohesive plot. I suspect that it wouldn't have come out much different if it were ghost written.

I really enjoyed Futuristic Violence (book 1 in this series), but this continuation seemed like it was a book comprised entirely of filler... there was no clear end goal in sight for the characters, reader, or probably even Jason himself. This book undid a lot of the characterization for the main characters from book 1, so it really torpedoed the series entirely. Are the Suits supposed to be overqualified experts at navigating the waters of Tabula Ra$a, or are they an inept circus brigade who cause farcical events everywhere they go? Jason couldn't seem to decide, and instead rubber-banded back and forth throughout this book.

The entire book just felt like the result of a writing deadline, must get X many pages turned in by Y date. I don't recall having ever read anything so uninspired... this book was a chore to get through, and left me uninterested in any future books in this series.

Sidenote, Elizabeth Evans turned in another fantastic performance on the audio. Despite the many characters, Evans manages a unique voice for each of them and really puts on a show of her vocal range and linguistic ability in this book.

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Weird conflict resolution.

The resolution of conflict doesn't really make sense with the character motivations. Almost all problems are because everyone talks at each other but never listen.

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Neo "feminist" trash

Men are inherently evil and can't help themselves and whites are racist. Another favorite author jumps off the deep end to pander to the lowest common denominator lib trash.

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Character Problems

I loved the first book of this series, "Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits", as well as everything else that I had read by Mr. Wong - except this book!
The main character Zoey, transitioned from a likeable, naïve, goodhearted, underdog personality in the first book, into an inherently unlikeable, entitled, annoying, self-centered, elitist in this book. Her personality alienated me as the reader/listener and I found myself wincing every time she imposed her will on her paid subordinates. She exercised questionable judgement, no understanding of dangerous circumstances and put many at unnecessary risk to serve her whims and ego. I know that this is a fictional work, not even close to reality, and the characters are not realistic, but by the middle of the book I had nothing but feelings of contempt for Zoey. I started rooting for the bad guys in the plot.
Some might find this book OK, I was disappointed.

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I've enjoyed every David long book until this one.

When I saw that there was a sequel to Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, I was super excited because I had not been able to put that one down. I struggled a tiny bit with John Dies At The End and I still loved it.
This one... it constantly felt like the writer started with A Message, a strong social commentary, and was absolutely determined to bang us over the head with it, plot be damned.
Zoey has shown zero character development since the first book in spite of all that has happened. Her love interest has vanished. The only time Zoey acted like the Zoey one might have expected, was during some machinations at the end which were written off as someone else's plan anyway.
Most of the time she ran around like a damsel in distress who didn't know she was a damsel, and was trying really hard to convince everyone, including herself, that she wasn't.

Her mother went from being a little flaky in the first book to full on moronic butterfly except for in brief moments that made this reader anticipate her turning out to be a mastermind, or at least much smarter than she was letting on. sadly, her idiocy just got worse.

I don't know what happened to the author between the last book and this one or whether you give up beta readers once you're successful but I was deeply disappointed in this plotless, meandering, book full of unsubtle pontificating. it didn't even have a good dose of the futuristic violence. There was just some mindless illogical, amateurish violence and stupid subplots that were completely un-foreshadowed.

If I had to tell someone what the story was about, I would say it was about a girl who came into a whole bunch of money from a criminal organization and was completely over her head as she tried to straighten it out. This all takes place in a city like Vegas only with no law enforcement whatsoever, and a rich people free for all. There's no beginning or middle and not much of an ending. There's no one to root for. Lots of people behave stupidly.

again, I feel like something was going on behind the scenes that caused this book to be well below David Wong's standards of talent and skill. I kept having to rewind it because nothing was really happening and I wandered off or fell asleep. In short, this book sucks, I am deeply disappointed that I had looked forward to it with such anticipation, and I'm mad that I spent a credit on it.

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Not up to Wong's usual storytelling ability. A bit convoluted and uninteresting. Wasn't as fun as other things he has written.

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  • M
  • 12-18-20

Great and incomplete.

This was a good listen. The narrator was awesome. I can say I enjoyed listening to it. It was weird though. And that's fine for a David Wong book. The thing that gets to me is that it was like a tv episode instead of a full length movie. With how long it took for this book to come out, I kinda expected it to be more. It's themes are great. There are actually lessons to learn. Of course it's hilarious at times. There's just so much happening without anything really happening. By the end I didn't know who the real bad guys were. Maybe that's the point. There are questions brought up towards the end that never get answered. Maybe it'll be in the next book but there were things at the end of the last book that never came to anything in this book. I want more fleshed out characters though. Will and Zoey's ending conversation seemed to hint at something more to his role in her life but damn I hate waiting for another book. JDATE comes next so I assume it'll be 2 or more years before we get another book for Zoey.

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  • A_tavern
  • 02-09-21

Not as interesting as the first one

I really liked Futuristic Violence and Suits, it was funny, dark and interesting. This story, second in the series, was a more obvious ‘hey, look at this crazy thing we’ve done’ funny. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book. It didn’t feel purposeful. It felt like the middle book in a series, just a filler to connect the first and last book. Which was particularly noticeable in how this book ended, compared to the first book which felt like a good stand alone. I liked the development of the relationship between Zoey and Echo. The narrator was good, although I did prefer the voice of ‘Will Blackwater’ in the first book.

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  • mr d r archibald
  • 11-30-20

Futuristic Fun

A fun take of tackling neck-bearded incels and mobsters in Americas' "Dubai" with future tech.

What more do you want for escapism? David Wong (Jason Pargin) makes another fun book to blast through to forget the dumpster fire that is year 2020. The blank slate city of Tabula-rasa founded by Zoey's gangster father is a great setting where anything goes if you've got the money/power or balls to pull it off.

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  • ai83
  • 06-15-22

Fun

Okay so it's not a true 5* story but it's fun and I like the concept a lot. I also like the author a lot and am looking forward to more crazy, hilarious ideas and books. Just the thought that there's someone out there thinking these things is worth a ton of stars.

What went just slightly off was this. Usually these books are just a crazy mix of irreverence and comedy. This time, Wong worked on character development and made Zoey 3d. He also went all out and put in some even crazier ideas like decency and idealism and whatnot. As a Trekkie, I'm all for that. But in the context of Wong's worlds, adding the human dimension somehow subtracts from the show. It's much harder to laugh at characters who live and hurt, I guess.

For much the same reason (working on character development), the plot was a bit slower, and--idk.... flatter? A bit samey? Like it's there in support of the character rather than the other way around.

But stars are free of charge so Zoey gets again 5*.

The narration is also perfectly serviceable, with nothing to make it grating or whatever.

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  • J. A. Reynolds
  • 03-16-22

So disappointed

After loving the first one couldn’t wait to listen to this.

The change of Narrator was the first disappointment. Not that they did a bad job but it was very different from the first one - especially Will - every time he spoke it grated on me.

The story starts about a year after the first and the major concern in TR is Zoe’s weight. The level of hatred felt towards her due to this seemed excessive and was thrown in your face at every opportunity.

The rest of the book is her ignoring the advice of her staff/friends while making the worst decision she could in every scenario.

Not going to post any spoilers but my journey finished 15 minutes before the book did and I’ve never finished it.

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  • Monseman
  • 01-24-22

Pargin should turn down the wokeness a little

Not nearly as funny as his previous works. Got bored and didn't finish this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-21

Great second part to the Zoey Ash series

Really enjoyed the audio book after all, as bonkers as it gets but with a coherent story and plot. Voice actor generally great but some of the accents a little grating. Overall very fun to listen to though!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-05-20

Zoe does it Again!

and outstanding sequel to Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits with Zoe and her 'suits' going head to head with a new 'villain' and the same patronising sexist attitudes that women the world over have to deal with on an almost daily basis.
This time, the battle is fought in the physical world and an mmorpg with the lines blurred.
through all of this, Zoe is still trying to come to terms with her father's criminal legacy and how to make things right and life better for as many people as she can.
This series is definitely worth a read/listen. Wong has built a believable near future world where lives are lived and livestreamed through Blink and nearly everyone has at least a drone following them around so they don't miss their 'photo or it didn't happen moments' and their chance to be a viral sensation. Be sure to start with the first book, you won't regret it!

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  • Todd Sales
  • 06-25-21

Great story.. so so narration.

really enjoyed this second part of the Zoey Ash books but narrator was somewhat annoying.

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  • Daniel
  • 06-01-21

Jason Pargin punched me in the heart with writing

I love the universe that Jason has set up with Zoe and her reluctant adventures in Tabula Raza with the suits. The only thing that equals the enjoyment I get from being immersed in this world once again, is the existential angst I suddenly feel when I realise a lot of the predictions made in these books isn't that far from what could be.

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  • Dominique
  • 11-18-20

Great listen

I loved it have been waiting for this book to come out since the first Zoe Ash book ended. I wish it was longer