“Along with the almost satirical rendering of the world, the lovely writing, and engaging plot, the characters of George and Pandora are brilliant.” —Booklist
Pandora Lynch lives in Alaska with her single dad, an online therapist for Silicon Valley’s brightest and squirreliest. Homeschooled by computer and a self-taught hacker, Pandora is about to enter high school to learn how to be normal. That’s the plan at least.
NorCal runaway George Jedson is a hacker too—one who leaves the systems he attacks working better than before. After being scooped up by a social media giant, will George go legit—or pull off the biggest hack ever? Not even his therapist knows for sure, but maybe the headshrinker’s daughter…
After meeting in cyberspace, the two young hackers combine their passions to conceive a brainchild named BUZZ. Can this baby AI learn to behave, or will it be like its parents and think outside the box?
With a hilarious and deeply empathetic narrative voice, this elegiac and unapologetically irreverent novel is both humorous and tragic without ever taking itself too seriously.
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About the Author
David Sosnowski has worked as a gag writer, fireworks salesman, telephone pollster, university writing instructor, and environmental protection specialist, while living in cities as varied as Washington, DC; Detroit, Michigan; and Fairbanks, Alaska. He is the author of three previous critically acclaimed novels, Rapture, Vamped, and, most recently, Happy Doomsday. For more about David, visit www.wingznfangz.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What happens when two hackers put their heads together? Some of it is amazing, the other is kind of dreadful. This latest novel by David Sosnowski is quirky and creative. Pandora grew up in Alaska. There’s really not much to do there. Hence her fascination with hacking. George, on the other hand, is a different type of hacker. He breaks into a system, cleans it up and leaves it in better shape than it was before. Once these two meet, the sky is the limit. Together they develop their own little brainchild which sets about making life very interesting for others. Although this book is marketed as a hilarious read, I did not find much humor in it. I did, however, find it to be an enjoyable and interesting read. You are able to feel for the characters in the story, see their vulnerabilities and rejoice in their triumphs. There’s a mixture of science fiction, fantasy and a dash of romance. If you enjoy any one of those three genres, I believe you will find this a good read. Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for the opportunity to review this book.
Buzz Kill is the latest novel from David Sosnowski. You probably recognize the insanely bright colors used on his covers! Marketed as a hilarious read about hackers, this novel is as creative as it is quirky. Amazing – or dreadful – things can happen when two hackers put their heads together. At least, that is the case for Pandora Lynch and George Jedson. Together these two are about to create something new, and that’s arguably about to get out of hand. Pandora grew up in Alaska, with the internet as her best friend and teacher. That is, up until it was decided that she needed to learn how to interact with real people her age. That didn’t go over so well. But it did give her some ideas. George is a hacker, but not what you might expect. He loves breaking into systems, cleaning them up, and leaving them even better than what he found. It sounds counterintuitive, because it is. And it’s also probably still very illegal. Buzz Kill is actually the prequel novel to Happy Doomsday. But don’t worry if you haven’t read that one yet – it isn’t a requirement to follow or understand this one. Though perhaps one would appreciate some of the elements more, knowing where they’ll lead. “In retrospect, she could see how her revenge might be mistaken for an act of terrorism.” Warnings: Buzz Kill touches upon bully, abuse, and mental health issues all at once. All of these elements are all fairly integral to the core plot, and thus fit in nicely, and more or less provide a bit of warning before they happen. Buzz Kill was an entertaining – and highly unique read from start to finish. I didn’t read Happy Doomsday, but I had no problems following the vein of this rather chaotic and compelling tale. This novel is told through multiple perspectives, namely that of Pandora and George. These two characters are extremely different, so getting to see their way of thinking was very much appreciated. It did a great job of setting the tone – and explaining their future attempts and actions. I think my biggest complaint (if you want to call it that) is that Buzz Kill was marketed as a hilarious read, when I honestly found it to be a bit of a well, downer. It was fairly depressing at times, including the introduction. This is a novel that did not showcase the best that humanity has to offer, and boy do you feel that. On the whole, Buzz Kill was an interesting read, though perhaps not the read I was expecting going into it. I don’t regret having read it, which is certainly something. And I’d probably pick up Happy Doomsday and give that a read. I would be curious to see if my appreciation for this novel would change, after reading it.
Pandora lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with her dad, Roger. Pandora has a highly expressive face, similar to Jim Carrey. Because of her face, people tend to make fun of and pick on Pandora. Not to mention she was homeschooled for many years, and her house has no real doors, except for the entry ones. In spite of all this, Pandora is gifted. She can write code and hack with the best of them. George Jedson is a teenager on the run. Part of the foster system, he has figured out how to live on his own. George is also a gifted coder. He’s figured out how to hack the computer system on a very elite electric vehicle. This particular EV belongs to a tech giant CEO with a flair for the dramatic. So when George takes over this vehicle, it definitely draws attention. Roger, Pandora’s dad, is a psychiatrist for the company that said CEO runs. He works remotely from Fairbanks. When Pandora does something unthinkable to some classmates, his punishment for her is to start visiting her grandmother, Gladys. Gladys has dementia and lives in a nursing home. It’s supposed to be a punishment, but turns out to be everything Pandora never knew she needed. This was the first novel by Sosnowski that I’ve read. He is a witty writer, with a knack for drawing you into the story. I loved how he brought all these characters together, and highlighted the vulnerability of two idealistic teenagers on a quest to change the world. Buzz Kill brims with humor in spite of its fairly dark concept. It is both science fiction and a love story, and what happens when your ideals overtake your rationale. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good tech/sci fi read. The dialogue keeps it snapping along and the end will utterly terrify you. 4 stars This review will be posted at BookwormishMe.com on 14 January 2020 .