Going Bovine is a great book about a boy named Cameron, who goes on a quest to cure his un-curable Mad Cow disease. This quest is given to him by a punk, pink-haired angel, with an incredible sweet tooth. Along the way, he faces a bunch of slightly creepily super-happy teens, an evil Snow Globe Wholesalers business, and a hoard of demonic fire giants, and their evil Wizard leader (who came through a rift in time and space…). He meets a (dead) famous Jazz player, and makes friends with a (mostly) immortal Garden Gnome named Baldur, who claims to be a God. His freaky road trip leads him all over the place, including the site of his first near-death experience – Disneyworld.
I have to say, I did like the near-death-experience at the least likely ride at a incredibly improbable place for such an accident. I really enjoyed that twist. I think that the Author did a great job on most of the little details: her characters have a lot of character, her setting is decent, and the overall plot fit together very well. I have to say, after the first part of the book, I was a little less interested. The action and plot after the first part of Cameron’s quest was not quite as gripping. It seemed just a little dragged out. Of course at the end, you get to see how all that did fit into the story, and really, I love how the plot is just a little bit like a puzzle, and you get to try and figure out a bit of what’s going on, and what will happen next.
Overall, Going Bovine was a very good book, and I would recommend it to fans of any genre, whether romance or action, tragedy or comedy.
— Amber, age 14
About the Book:
Title: Going Bovine
Author: Libba Bray
Release Date: 09/2009