Totally Killer is essentially a piece of historical fiction, just using a history that isn’t too remote. The author does a fabulous job of setting the scene as New York in 1991. I didn’t live here then [I was six years old], and neither did Olear, but I certainly got a feel of the setting from his descriptions—sentences that reiterate how there was no email or internet or cell phones, and how employment agencies and classifieds were the main ways to find a job. It reminds you that not only has technology changed, it has certainly hugely changed the way we function as a society.
This is book is one part thriller (who killed Taylor??), one part satire built around the following idea: recent grads can’t find a job because baby-boomers are still in the workforce. So what’s the easiest way to fix that? Kill them off, of course. Olear creates a story in which the outlandish becomes almost justifiable, and it’s peppered with lots of themes and pop culture references that make this book almost as relatable today, though it’s set almost two decades ago.
I enjoyed the perspective from which the story was told. While I got to know the characters, I never felt I had the time to decide if I liked them or not. It’s one of those stories that just carried me along as one event flowed into another. Olear did an excellent job of simultaneously working through the setting and characters and plot, and I had a hard time putting this one down.
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Totally Killer was released in October by Harper Paperbacks.
Review copy provided by the author.