Format: Paperback, 321 pages
Publication: August 17, 2020 by Maxwell Cohen
Synopsis: Check this: Big Banana, agricultural giant turned luxury brand, has become the world’s coolest corporation. Unbelievably profitable, socially significant, it’s Big Banana who controls the culture now. People love them. People worship them. Whole city-blocks painted yellow, and Big Banana’s logo on just about every jay-walker and DJ in town. But to hear Miranda Swami tell it, they’re baaaaaad news. Like really bad.
Miranda Swami: collegiate punk by day, wildly-famous influencer and street-artist by night. But shhhh, it’s a big secret. As her online alter-ego Gwami the Seer, Miranda has built exactly the kind of sycophantic following you’d need to take down a multi-national banana company singlehandedly. And tonight, at a gallery opening the whole world will be watching, Miranda plans to do just that. Only it’s never that simple, is it?
Watch a battle ensue between two titans: Big Banana vs. Gwami the Seer. Watch the vengeful Miranda fall into a strange, awesome world of twisted conspiracies and Dark Web maneuverings, gunslingers, shapeshifters, philosophical frogs, and the Devil himself. Watch our heroine wade through a maddening web of intrigue and nonsense to get what she wants. Only, well, what does she want?
Bananas! is a rich, ripe, and deeply imaginative exploration of the millennial mind. Equal parts absurdist and irreverent, this fast-paced, slobber-knocking, thrill-ride of a novel seeks to answer one hell of a prescient question: What does it mean to grow up as part of a generation unable to understand itself?
This book was like nothing I’ve ever read before. It took a couple chapters to fully immerse myself in the story, but even from the first page, I was intrigued. It did feel a bit absurd at first, as I’d never read a book that even attempted what Sandy Manmittens accomplished. There were a few moments in which I had to reread a couple paragraphs to properly understand what I’d just read, but otherwise it was a great book.
It’s no secret that social media is a dangerous and toxic place. Bananas! takes this idea to the next level. The book shows how addicting and life-changing social media and the internet in general can become. When a highly influential person commits suicide, the blame is thrown on Miranda Swami – though few are actually aware that it was her that every person on the internet is now hunting for. With the death of her internet persona, Miranda falls into a dark side of the internet, leading to an investigation to expose Big Banana, a company that has taken over the world.
I highly suggest everyone give this book a shot. I truly enjoyed it, despite the concern I had starting it. It feels over-the-top, but Sandy Manmittens really did pull it off. The book stayed on my mind for a good while after I finished it.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via the author. This did not influence my opinion in any way.
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