Holy Crap! The World is Ending! (Anunnaki Chronicles #1) by Anna-Marie Abell
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: September 21, 2017
Formats: Kindle ($5), Paperback ($16), Hardcover (~$22)
Unique, bizarre, interesting, funny, outlandish. Non-spoiler alert: the Earth is going to be destroyed.
I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I was angry when I originally finished Holy Crap!, but at the time it was unclear on Netgalley that it was book one of a trilogy. The author reached out and explained this, and with that understanding the unresolved ending makes sense. However, consider that a warning if you’re someone who doesn’t like diving into a series before it’s completed.
The president has announced that Earth is going to collide with a rogue moon, and in the process, our entire planet is going to be smashed to bits. As one would expect, upon hearing this news, humans went ballistic. It was as if every sports team in the world lost their championship game at the same time. No car was left unrolled—but oddly enough, Taco Bell remained open and made unfathomable profits in the last days. Apparently, Doritos Locos® Tacos were a popular last meal.
Our leading lady, Autumn, is (mostly) just an average girl who loves to have the occasional binge-eating session with her best friend. She is also really into aliens and conspiracies, and when she meets a mysterious man at a bookstore, she’s hooked.
“Truth be told, I’m not sure if deep down I believed in all these things, or if I just wanted them to be real, so I’d have something to hope for beyond the monotony of human life.”
Rigel, our mysterious alien-man, is (mostly) just an average Anunnaki. Well… maybe? One of the detractors of this book is that while we find out a lot about Autumn, we don’t discover much about Rigel personally (aside from who he is among the Anunnaki). Several times something is alluded to, only to not be explained or answered. While it’s safe to assume that future books will delve into these topics, it’s frustrating to encounter pointless information and feel like Rigel is still such an unknown factor.
There is thorough immersion into who the Anunnaki are, where they come from, and their relationship with the Earth. The book gives an alternate look at humans, their origins, and their purpose. More is left to be discovered, but for the purposes of this part of the story, a lot of information is revealed.
Holy Crap! is humorous yet dark in places. Humanity loses their minds and does both imaginable and unimaginable things (spoiler/warning: there is a scene with murder/rape). The jokes bring some much-needed levity into a dark situation. Expect the first half of the book to be mostly humorous, while the second half is nearly bogged with craziness, revelations, and events.