Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
I'm just trying to light up the world as much as I can one SciFi/paranormal/fantasy/space opera/time travel book at a time.
Do you know those times when you say something was hysterical... those times when you automatically type out a quick LOL text but have barely cracked a real life smile? Well this book isn't that. Mind Riot is truly laugh out loud funny with honest to goodness giggling sounds and belly jiggling and tears of joy. Laughter that my hubby wasn't a big fan of in the wee hours when all was silent in the house except for that stupid clock from my mother in law ticking away downstairs, the branches scratching up against the window and me... bray-laughing like a silly, slightly crazed donkey AND I loved it.
Salem (our complex MC) leads a ragtag team of musically (and mentally) beautiful messes and he (and his best friend Jace) fits in perfectly. The entire cast is a heterogeneous collection of cooky characters that are perilously close to representing all it means to be Human... cracks, ragged shards and all.
I had alternating bouts of hysteria and silent(ish) crying and I didn't want it to stop. I felt jipped when it was all over. I wanted more, SO much more and that alone would have been cause to give it 5 stars. BUT it was more than that. It was full of great writing, characters that will have you fully invested and a backdrop perfect for a quirky story about misfits selfidentifying as such. I would have given it more than 5 stars if there were more to give. Maybe the ratings should be out of 10 from now on and if so, Mind Riot easily deserves them all!
*** I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ***