Release Date: January 24, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
Meet your unforgettable protagonist: God, who, as it turns out, is a 19-year-old boy living in the present-day and sharing an apartment with his long-suffering fifty-something personal assistant. Unfortunately for the planet, God is lazy and, frankly, hopeless. He created all of the world’s species in six days because he couldn’t summon the energy to work for longer. He gets Africa and America mixed up. And his beleagured assistant has his work cut out for him when God creates a near-apolcalyptic flood, having fallen asleep without turning the bath off. There is No Dog is a darkly funny novel from one of our most delightfully unpredictable writers.
What a strange, strange little book. I mean that in the best way possible. There is No Dog is quirky, creative, and very unique. I promise you, you have not read anything like it. This is only my second book by Meg Rosoff. The first being How I Live Now. This one is very different from that, but it is still the same mesmerizing writing.
Bob aka God is really your typical teenage sullen boy, with way too much power. He doesn’t use it for good. No, he seduces girls and leaves the general heavy lifting of his hob to his assistant, Mr B. The entire book is filled with odd and delightful characters. Not all are likeable, but they were all enjoyable.
There is No Dog probably isn’t for everyone, but that has nothing to do with the premise. It’s a work of fiction and not at all offensive. The reason it’s not for everyone has more to do with the strangeness. If you like to read outside your comfort zone, read this. If you want a delightfully strange book, read this.