Beyond Dinocalypse by Chuck Wendig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After the events of Dinocalypse Now, Jet Black, Professor Khan, Amelia Stone, Atok, and Benjamin Hu find themselves flung decades into the future, the far away year 2000 where the psychosaurs have taken over the world. What has the passage of time done to their allies in the Century Club? And can they find their way back to the past to fix the future?
Chuck Wendig continues his rampage of pulp awesomeness with Beyond Dinocalypse, the second and superior volume in the Dinocalypse Trilogy. If dinosaurs invading 1935 Manhattan was bad, the result of their conquest is a thousand times worse. The remaining Centurions are holed up beneath Manhattan, working with the former enemies The Walking Brain and Doctor Methusaleh just to survive. Humanity have been reduced to cattle, harvesting the mind-controlling fungus that gives the psychosaurs their power. And Sally Slick isn't how you remember her at all...
Beyond Dinocalpse took everything I enjoyed about Dinocalypse Now and turned the knob up to 11. The world is overrun, good guys aren't as good as they used to be, and it's up to a small band of heroes to turn things around. What's not to like?
BD focuses on a slightly different group of heroes and turns them loose. Benjamin Hu and Amelia Stone got some much needed action and Jet Black and Professor Khan are finally stepping up and becoming the heroes they were always meant to be. Aside from Jet and Khan, the best parts were seeing how far the mighty have fallen. Never expected to see Sally Slick boozing it up and wearing an eyepatch.
Even the prose was better than in the first volume. A more forward thinking reviewer would have highlighted things or wrote them down for sharing later but I couldn't be bothered to stop long enough to write things down. Or shower.
As you can tell, Beyond Dinocalpse really stimulated my literrogenous zones. When you add a dystopian future to the chaotic pulp stew that was Dinocalypse Now, you get an unstoppable force of pulp perfection. 4.5 out of 5 toothsome stars!
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