Review: John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1) by David Wong

jdateTitle: John Dies at the End
Series: John Dies at the End, #1
Author: David Wong
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Page Count: 496
Format: Paperback
Release Date: December 24, 2012
Source: Bought
Rating: Four-stars

Book Summary: STOP.

You should not have touched this book with your bare hands.

NO, don’t put it down. It’s too late.

They’re watching you.

My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours.

You may not want to know about the things you’ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it’s too late. You touched the book. You’re in the game. You’re under the eye.

The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me.

The important thing is this:

The drug is called Soy Sauce and it gives users a window into another dimension. 

John and I never had the chance to say no. 

You still do.

Unfortunately for us, if you make the right choice, we’ll have a much harder time explaining how to fight off the otherworldly invasion currently threatening to enslave humanity.

I’m sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind:

None of this is was my fault.

My Review: John Dies at the End is one of those books that when asked to explain the plot, you can hardly do it justice. You’ll either sound crazy or….well, you’re just going to sound crazy. See, let me try. It’s about two friends named John and David who take this drug called Soy Sauce. It makes them see things but it really just opens up another world to them. Or let’s try this. Things you will read about in this book: Soy Sauce, Morgan Freeman, and a bratwurst telephone. See? None of that makes sense and would probably just put people off from reading it. But please, don’t be afraid.

If you’ve only seen the movie, then you’re sorely missing out. While there were some awesome moments from the book, there was so much more to the story that couldn’t fit in the timeframe of a movie. The movie was like someone had pulled out a handful of pages from the beginning, middle, and end of the book and tried to tie it all together as quickly as possible.

The humor may be juvenile at times, but the story is so imaginative and off the wall that it more than makes up for it (if you don’t like that sort of thing). This book goes off the deep end and keeps swimming. But it’s good. Crazy good.

It does get a little long after a while and I did find myself dragging my feet at the 400 page mark. It felt that after reading pages and pages about aliens, exploding bodies, talking dogs, and spiders that my brain could only hold so much. If it wasn’t for David Wong’s writing, I don’t think I would have ever finished a book like this.

Final Thoughts: If you haven’t read this book, you’re already behind. Pick it up. Read it. And prepare yourself for the craziest ride you’ll ever experience.

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5 thoughts on “Review: John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1) by David Wong

  1. I friggin’ love this book. I keep telling people they need to read it and then they ask what it’s about and the explanation is just impossible.

    If you haven’t gotten to the sequel yet, be sure to put it on the top of your list. ‘This Book is Full of Spiders’ was just as funny and just as messed up as the first one (and I think the end actually made a little more sense).

    • It’s one of those novels you just have to read. I haven’t picked up the sequel yet, but I’m keeping an eye out for it! I heard it was just as good (if not better) than John Dies at the End. So I’m definitely looking forward to it!

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