- File Size: 1473 KB
- Print Length: 296 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147926282X
- Publisher: Severed Books (January 13, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 13, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A6RGFK6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,750 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Either way, this is.... wow, I can't even begin to do this story justice.
The idea for this book, an App you can download to be kidnapped is brilliant. I mean, who wouldn't want to be whisked away from their life for a short while (or a long while).
There are rules to each kidnapping, you set the parameters, how long, the time.
But then you have to wait.
You don't know when it's going to happen, or how. And you wait.
And all of a sudden each person you see becomes a potential TAKER. That person in the public restroom? Yeah, they could take you. That person behind you in line at McDonalds? Yup. That car driving behind yours on the highway? Possibly.
Life takes on new meaning when you are a WAITER. Every experience is heightened. You pay attention. Memorize details.
Instead of walking through life a zombie, you look up, you look around... and your heart beats just a bit faster with every passing moment.
So, I have to be a bit honest. The characters in Book 1 are a bit flat. BUT you can easily overlook it. (Book 2 get's better, so hang with it).
The editing is subpar, but then again, overlookable.
The story, the idea, it's just too brilliant for words.
Seriously, just read it. Thank me later.
Dani was the exact opposite of Henry - a tattooed twenty-something bartender living on tips and playing keyboard in a little local band. She was exactly the kind of character I would expect to find in this book, only I would have expected her to be a kidnapper.
This book did not read like a traditional novel. There was no easily-identified climax or major disasters, and the ending felt more like the end of a chapter than the end of a novel. (It might have been more structured within the individual "episodes" - I wasn't paying attention to where one stopped and the next began.) But I enjoyed the story, figuring out the details of kidnApp, and trying to understand how Henry and Dani's plots fit together. Justin Sirois was brilliant at bringing together random plot lines into a great story.
The very, very best part about SO SAY THE WAITERS was the idea. An app for people who want to be kidnapped for fun - awesome! "Waiters" who want to be kidnapped can specify how long they want to be taken, how rough their "Taker" can be, even little stuff like if they want a bag over their head or just a blindfold. I want to be kidnapped. And then I want to kidnap people. I don't even know if this would be legal, but it would be fun!
Imagine a world where a phone app exists that allows you to create and plan your own kidnapping. You give the parameters for the kidnapping: the duration, the experiences you want to have, the safe word for a safe escape...
Henry is a daily grind kind of guy working in a mind-numbing yet steady job in programming where he's struggling to keep his head above water. His work is sloppy, he calls in late or sick often, skips out early, and he's paying for it in work performance. His marriage is all but over, and his wife is nearly completely moved out. He receives a phone call and a plane ticket one Friday afternoon to send him across the country from home (Baltimore) to Los Angeles to visit an old friend with a wild and lucrative proposition.
Dani is a girl who's barely scraping by. She's a bartender in a band and she's covered in tattoos. She's one of kidnApp's best customers, and an early adopter. She can't make rent, and she can't make the guy she likes want her, too, but she's a whiz with getting swept away by a Taker.
The story winds closely around these two characters, and really does a good job building up the beginnings of a great partnership. This is only Book 1, so the foundation is laid rather well. I really feel the doldrums of Henry's life, and I'm eager for him to take the opportunity to turn everything on its ear and change directions 180-degrees. But he won't, because he's Henry, and he will do this methodically and planting each foot firmly down before taking the next step. That's where Dani comes in. These two may very well create a powerhouse dynamic duo that will accelerate kidnApp to the upper atmosphere where it belongs.
Criticisms: This book was littered with misspellings and grammatical errors. I am unsure if it was edited. It seems like it was, because it is well-written, but some of the errors are blatant and left me scratching my head. I tried to submit the errors via the Kindle interface, but I'm not sure those are reported exactly as I had it conjured in my mind. Regardless, with a bit of effort in setting aside these oversights, the book is fun and worth a shot to learn if the kidnApp world is right for you.(less)