FKA USA

FKA USA

Reed King?s amazingly audacious novel is something of a cross between L. Frank Baum?s The Wizard of Oz, Douglas Adams?s A Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, Cormac McCarthy?s The Road, and Ernie Cline?s Ready Player One. In Reed King?s wildly imaginative and possibly prescient debut, the United States has dissolved in the wake of environmental disasters and the catastrophic policies o Reed King?s amazingly audacious novel is something of a cross between L. Frank Baum?s The...

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Title:FKA USA
Author:Reed King
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1250108896
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

FKA USA Reviews

  • Robert
    May 01, 2019
    I wanted to like it, and I didn?t hate it, but almost halfway through I still simply didn?t care. Reed has created a disturbing post apocalyptic America which isn?t terribly far fetched, but each chapter feels like an excuse to explore more of the degradation of society than to m...
  • Carol
    Aug 12, 2019
    I was really torn how to rate this novel. It is a horribly bleak view of the future of our country and the planet. The difficult thing to process is that we are on the road already to many of the changes it shows us. It is not hard to be paranoid when the country is carved up into many...
  • Tonstant Weader
    May 14, 2019
    The book reviews that I struggle with the most are for those books that I fall in love with. I want to say ?Trust me, just read it.? FKA USA by Reed King is one of those books. Trust me, just read it. The title FKA USA is for Formerly Known As, though every time I saw it on the ...
  • Keely
    Jul 07, 2019
    Truckee Wallace is a peon living and working in Crunchtown 407 in Crunch United Colonies, an independent corporation/nation in the territories formerly known as the United States. It?s the 2080s. The former US has suffered a variety of environmental catastrophes and total political c...
  • InBooksILive
    Mar 08, 2019
    I really don't know what more I can say about this book than to say that I absolutely loved it. Every single crazy, what the hell is going on right now chapter! Truckee Wallace is my damn hero. He is a smart mouthed, completely dumb but smart at the same time kind of character and I...
  • Ashley
    Jan 30, 2019
    Had it not been for the free ARC I received from NetGalley, I would most likely not have finished this book. The overall story arc was a typical quest story. But the incessant use of lingo from the dystopian future was too much. And while the footnotes, which I generally like in a book...
  • Bandit
    Jan 22, 2019
    I?m always up for a dystopia, but had I been aware of this one?s voluminous page count, not sure I would have read it. Conciseness?I?m a huge fan of conciseness, precision, succinctness, just a basic ability to tell a story in, say, 300 pages. 400 if you must. Going close to 50...
  • Roger Bailey
    Jan 15, 2019
    There is no doubt Reed King went all out in this novel. He has an epic world with crazy characters. The writing is good, the humor is sly. For me however this book didn't work. Too many sci-fi cliches; dystopian world ran by corporation-government hybrids, a mission of travel that hits...
  • Maria
    Aug 11, 2019
    I was intrigued by the idea of this dystopian story set in the future of the fractured land formerly known as the USA. Part of my interest came from its being written by someone who is supposedly a bestselling author, here using a pen name. I don't know who wrote it, but the story was ...
  • Paula Lyle
    Jul 05, 2019
    This is just a big old mess of a novel, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It just bursts with ideas, many of them silly beyond belief. Like many stories set in the future, it takes a while to actually make sense of the terms and acronyms flung around. If you don't take that too ser...
  • Emily
    Aug 22, 2019
    Misogyny is apparently still very much a thing in 2084. That aside, the author is not particularly good at writing. Sample: ?I tried to smile, but my lips felt like two rubber dildos stapled to face, and only vibrated a little. ?Well, looks like I don?t need the bathroom,? I...
  • Mindi
    Aug 11, 2019
    I saw this book a number of times before I realized that my friend Audra @ouija.doodle.reads was reading it. She said it had footnotes and was hilarious and I immediately knew this was one that I needed to read. Then I read the synopsis on the inside cover and it said it was a cross be...
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    Jul 26, 2019
    I?d describe this book as The Hitchhiker?s Guide crossed with a futuristic homage to The Wizard of Oz set at the end of the world. With a talking goat. I loved this book. It is definitely one of the unique books I?ve read this year. The world that King has created is so fully ...
  • Gerhard
    Sep 20, 2019
    Review to follow... This was the literary equivalent of a Michael Bay movie. Directed by Jerry Bruckheimer. ...
  • Laura Denton
    Mar 25, 2019
    I got an electronic version of this book through NetGalley. I was enticed by the publisher's blurb and do, generally, enjoy dystopian novels, sarcasm and intrigue, but I just could not tolerate the premise of the story or the writing. I managed to get through about 15 pages and gave up...
  • Faith
    Aug 18, 2019
    This was imaginative, but I couldn?t stand the writing style. I was not in tune with its language and rhythm and I couldn?t get into the whole ?talking goat? thing. Most of the time I was just confused by its meandering. I made it to the 27% point and conceded defeat. I receive...
  • Heather
    Aug 03, 2019
    I gave up on this vulgar book. There is a time and place for adjectives and synonyms to the word penis, but it is not enjoyable (for me personally) to be all of the descriptive options available to this obviously male writer. I hope he cracks open a thesaurus someday and stops solely c...
  • Matthew Sciarrino
    Jul 12, 2019
    The author (supposedly famous) who writes under a pseudonym, writes an interesting commentary on our nation using the time honored method of a sci-fi dystopian story (the land of the Formerly Known as United States in 2085j. What is ?new? is that it?s a bit of a retelling of the ...
  • Katherine
    Jun 25, 2019
    3.5 stars This is one of the most unique apocalyptic takes on our future world that I have ever read. King has definitely done a lot of research and planning in organizing the fate of various countries, religions and groups. Initially, I was a bit overwhelmed by how much information...
  • Claire Draper
    Jan 17, 2019
    Reed King is an amazing writer. And though I wonder who this bestselling author is writing under the pseudonym Reed King, I think they did an amazing job. This world is immersive and the writing is crazy good. Can't wait for more from this author. And who doesn't love a book with a tal...
  • Dave
    Jan 16, 2019
    FKA stands for "Formerly Known As." Sort of like AKA is "also known as." This novel presents a post-dissolution view of North America after wars, famine, etc., split the country up into different entities ranging from the corporate entities like Crunch to the Free State of Texas. It's ...
  • Lewis Szymanski
    Jul 02, 2019
    Well, this is a fun book. I'd even call it a fun page-turner for summer reading. It's not Shakespeare, but it is very entertaining. The setting is a cyberpunk dystopia on the brink of ecological and military apocalypse. The hero, 16-year-old Truckee Wallace is given the task of sav...
  • Ayla van Hissenhoven
    Apr 14, 2019
    This book was honestly so poorly written I had to force myself to read it. The concept is good enough but the usage of foot notes and appendices on every single page is disruptive to the flow and is akin to reading a textbook. The constant use of ?could of? is annoying, but ?coul...
  • Christopher Berry
    Jul 29, 2019
    This was just ok. Definitely could have been paired down a bit. I thought that the annotations did not add to the book at all. It was really out there, and that is ok. The writing did remind me of a junior high, high school level. Not bad overall, but not something I would recommend! ...
  • Jypsy
    Feb 01, 2019
    FKA USA is a dystopian fiction novel. In the formerly known as United States, government corporations are in charge. It's not difficult to imagine the scenario. We have a group of misfits embarking on a journey to save something. It's a formulaic story but still entertaining. The story...
  • Nate Scott
    Oct 03, 2019
    This was an incredibly wild ride - a movie by Michael Bay, directed by Jerry Bruckheimer, with commentary from Hunter S. Thompson & Terry Pratchett. Definitely worth a read, especially if you like your post-apocalyptic travelogues served with a side of talking goat. ...
  • Sydney Smith
    Mar 26, 2019
    Thank you to Flatiron Books for the ARC! ?How would you like to save the world, son?? FKA USA is a wild ride. If you?re tired of reading the same old formulaic dystopian novel, this is the book for you. There are some tropes, such as the evil government/corporations ...
  • Tim Joseph
    Aug 05, 2019
    Look. I'm not a huge 'madcap adventure' guys, so read this with a grain of salt... I mean, Hitchhiker's, Yes. Princess Bride? Classic. FKA...? This started off as a great idea, for me. I mean, a Wizard of Oz-like theme was what was promised in a dystopia setting. As I got fur...
  • Jeff Eckert
    Jul 07, 2019
    The concept of this novel is interesting - post-apocalyptic America governed by corporations in a largely feudal existence, as a result of myopic capitalism and personal greed by those in positions of power. I'm 80 pages in, and I won't finish it. The narrative style is first-per...
  • B220
    Feb 21, 2019
    In 2085, the United States is no longer. Instead it is quite divided for a variety of geographical, economic, and political reasons and not all of them are good ones. In a futuristic and tech heavy world, Truckee Wallace is as close to a nobody as you can get. Then, his whole world get...