Just plain crazy

7 12 2010

Pandaemonium by Christopher Brookmyre

A first person shoot ’em up as a novel. From the Amazon summary:

St Peter’s High School has a problem with its senior pupils – how to help them deal with death of a fellow pupil? The answer (it’s decided) is to be a cloistered retreat at an outdoor activity centre – it will be there, through the aid of programmes of counselling, discussion groups and (of course) prayer – St Peter is a religious school — that the pupils will be able to adjust. Needless to say, the pupils themselves have other ideas – sex and general misbehaviour being their primary aims. But near the retreat, a highly secret military operations is in train — one, unusually, that has the services of a religious adviser (and an eccentric one at that). Appropriate, as the experiment involves nothing less than the untrammelling of the forces of the netherworld. The pupils will find themselves fighting for their lives.

An entertaining mix of gore, teen angst and sci fi nonsense, this is a pretty good read with a distinct Brookmyre flavour, but a bit uneven and quite bonkers in all sorts of ways. Read on iPad using Kindle app.

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