#BookReview: So Say the Waiters (Book 1) by @JustinSirois
I’d rate this somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars.
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.