13 June 2015

Review: The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak

Closer to a 3.5.

On one hand, I don't think I realized how much a Nick and Norah for convention culture was needed. On the other, I just wish this was a little better as a result.

The root of the story is about Ana's brother ditching quiz bowl to go to a nearby sci-fi convention. Ana and Zak go on the hunt for him and it ends up being a fairly crazy, ridiculous adventure at the con through the rest of the night. It's the sci-fi nerd teaming up with the quiz bowl nerd and it's sort of a fish out of water scenario times two that ends up hitting upon a lot of general tropes while also successfully navigating some crazy waters.

I just... I don't know. I'm not so much critical that it's a book that went in a few different directions that it didn't like, and I did enjoy how well it normalized a lot of the "weird" con stuff, but I guess I more wish it took one tack and ran with it in a strong way as opposed to playing a few games (is it about quiz bowl? About cons? About fandom? About the mystery?) and not killing it at all of them.

Overall? A good, but not great, read. I'll definitely seek out more from this author, though.

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