- File Size: 2502 KB
- Print Length: 184 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing (August 19, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 19, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MW6U2QW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,741 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Green Kangaroos Kindle Edition
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This novel begins with three chapters that pummel your senses with a dystopian world of a heroin-like substance, and just when your mind is blown it twists into something much more complex. McHugh takes the reader into the soul of an addict - how they think, their daily torments, their lies and manipulations, the visceral cravings that demand to be fed - and (in what maybe makes this different) the deep hurt and desperation of the addict's family. The writing here is unique, sharp and crisp. Incredible sentences that made me grin in admiration come one after another. The big picture is a fantastic piece of 'world-building'. A place where addicts sell their body parts for their daily fix, and the metaphors here in this imaginary land only serve to make the story all too real. Transgressive, dystopian, horrific, yet also pulled from today's newspaper headlines of an Opioid epidemic.
As happens with all great works, while reading I kept wondering how it would end, and The Green Kangaroos stuck the landing with a creative and ingenious '10'.
Green Kangaroos is an awesome sci-fi noir that pierces right to the heart of the addicts plight. There is some great social commentary but there is also a great story about family and how addiction complicates relationships with friends and family.
Jessica Mchugh holds nothing back in Green Kangaroos and I love her for it. The book is brutal and violent at times but so is the reality of an addict. I work with homeless addicts in Washington DC and sanitizing their lives only cheapens their struggle. If you like fast paced science fiction read Green Kangaroos. I am definitely a certified Mchugh fan and I can't wait to see what she has coming up next!
On reading the opening chapter, one thing strikes you: the voice. This is a narrator so fully realized that you, at times, forget it's a work of fiction. His attitude, his drive, his personal lexicon, his overwhelming desire to court, and succumb to, his addiction, feels plucked from the pages of a memoir. Nothing is off limits here; no taboos are too sacred to avoid. Drugs and violence, sex and desire--all consume the Perry, who alternates between these desires and his drive to score the next hit. It's an unflinching look at the depths and depravities concomitant to drug addiction.
But this isn't simply a Fear & Loathing-esque tale of excess; instead, it's a morality play, an existential dirge, and, most importantly, a family drama. Perry's relationship to his ex-wife and, crucially, his sister, grounds the novel in a pathos missing from some drug novels.
Then there are the dicksian elements. Without giving too much away, or spoiling several big reveals, I'll just say that this is, in part a science fiction novel dealing with questions of reality and the ethics of advanced medical and scientific technology.
Equal parts drug novel, dystopian fiction, science fiction, and meditations on family and reality, The Green Kangaroos is a novel that grabs you from the opening paragraph and doesn't let go until it races toward the climax. It's a masterful novel that isn't without it's flaws: for me, the denouement was a little too protracted, and the epilogue inspired mixed feelings. On reading it, I felt misgivings, as if it was tacked on simply for the sake of creating a twist ending; but the more I thought about it, the more it occurred to me that it was a commentary on the nature of drug addiction and the personality types susceptible to slipping into that spiral.
Jessica McHugh is one of the more exciting writers working today. Her confidence, her voice, her ability to create compelling characters and worlds, and her embrace of the offensive, grotesque, and obscene makes her a rare writer these days, one willing to tackle any subject as honestly as possible.
Overall, it's a fantastic novel.