Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer MDG
Cameron Smith is the king of low expectations. To him, not
caring equals minimum disappointment, so he doesn't put an
effort into school, his job, or his family. It seems that
his life is going nowhere - that is, until he contracts
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, also known as Mad Cow disease.
Cameron's illness is fatal, but there seems to be hope
when he is visited by a sugar-loving angel named Dulcie.
According to Dulcie, Cam must embark on a journey that
will simultaneously cure his disease and save the world.
Accompanied by a dwarf and a talking yard gnome, Cam must
outwit evil wizards, fire monsters, snow globe fanatics
and a happiness cult in order to save himself and
Going Bovine was a very interesting novel.
The author, Libba Bray, is also known for her Gemma Doyle
Trilogy, which is completely different than this book.
Going Bovine was funny, touching, and also a little crazy.
Cameron's journey is set in our world, but there were some
fantastical elements, like talking yard gnomes and punk-
rock angels, that kept things lively. I liked the
juxtaposition of real life and fantasy. The reader never
knows if what is happening is real or just a dream, which
leaves the book open for interpretation. But even with the
weird parts, Going Bovine was also deep and heartfelt and
can be enjoyed by many readers. The only negative is that
the book is extremely long, so be prepared to set aside
some time for reading.
City, State and Country: Aston, Pennsylvania United States