THE FATE OF THE WORLD RESTS ON THE HAUNCHES OF ONE SMALL CAT
It’s 2135. Fluffy, a super-intelligent GAB (Genetically Altered Brain) cat, leaves the safety of her home to look for her lost brother. On the way, she falls in with a motley crew of animal revolutionaries. Like many dogs, cats, mice, and the occasional pig, Fluffy’s brain is the product of genetic tinkering by humans that started more than a century ago. With their powers of telekinesis, GAB animals can manipulate physical objects without being able to grasp them. They can speak to each other telepathically without audible voices. Now, humans have begun to fear them and to systematically exterminate them. Will Fluffy and her friends survive the perils of this hostile world? Will they find a way to stop the asteroid that threatens to annihilate Earth?
Rating: 3.25 stars
Disclaimer: I received a free advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Ted Myers, for the reading opportunity.
“But don’t try to match them in violence; no other species on the planet is as vicious. Don’t try to beat humans at their games; make them play yours.”
Fluffy’s Revolution is set in a futuristic, dystopian setting where Genetically Altered Brain animals are in a lot of danger. These GAB animals have been made out to be “terrorists”, leaving a vast majority of the public to believe that they are dangerous and need to be wiped out. Some humans, however, support equal rights for the GABs and are therefore considered loyal activists. Some even “own” these animals, which leads us to our main character, Fluffy. She’s a beautiful, incredibly intelligent feline owned by a professor. While their relationship is close, Fluffy decides to leave home in search of her brother, Jack, and to join the revolution.
Now, personally I would probably refer to this book as more of a novella than a full novel. Novellas are shorter and they don’t take the same type of character and plot development that a novel does to create the story for you. Fluffy’s Revolution felt like that for me. The writing was really well done, but from the very first chapter I realized that this was going to be quickly paced. Since it is pretty short, that was perfectly fine for me, but the first couple of chapters did seem a bit sudden. One minute we are getting some background info into GABs and how Fluffy and the professor came to be, and then the next, Fluffy is taking off into Kingston, NY (the new NYC). That quick transition was at first a little jarring for me but once I got used to the way Myers moves from scene to scene, it ran smoothly. Sometimes it’s a matter of getting familiar with the way an author works.
As far as characters go, Fluffy was certainly my favorite. She reminded me a lot of my own cat, Luna, though Fluffy isn’t sassy. There are a lot of different characters in this that help make up the story but readers don’t get fully acquainted with each of them. I’ll reiterate that in shorter stories like this one, character development doesn’t always take the front seat. This is most certainly a plot driven book.
Speaking of the plot… I found the book, as a whole, to be entertaining. It was amusing in that doesn’t-even-realize-it’s-funny kind of way, mostly because there are a bunch of talking animals that are exponentially more intelligent than most of the humans. I’m certainly an animal person, so although I’ve never read a book centered around an animal as the main character, I enjoyed this new type of reading experience. The plot itself was a bit busy for such a short novel. A lot of big stuff happens and I’m still looking back wondering how in the world Myers managed to fit it all into 145 pages! I can’t list some of the big events without ruining the story for those who would like to check it out, but I will say that this story is about more than just the animal revolution. There is a lot going on that I didn’t expect. Although it all came together well, it does make the book move almost too fast sometimes. With that being said, however, with the little amount of page space Myers took up, he did a very good job at giving each event an adequate amount of time & description.
Overall, I found it to be an enjoyable experience. I think that if you enjoy Sci-Fi (and I call it sci-fi loosely because really this book just needs a genre of its own) and new, fun, and interesting POVs, then this is most definitely the book for you. It’s a fast, nice read and although there are some darker things that happen, it’s an overall light experience and can really help with a reading slump. If it sounds like the type of book you’d enjoy, then I’d certainly recommend checking it out once it’s published!