The Gone-Away World (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)
October 2008 Indie Next List
“Nick Harkaway's first novel, The Gone Away World, is hilarious, wonderful, and surreal. It is a kind of post-apocalypse mercenary troop muckabout with ninjas, monsters, epic kung-fu battles, and a really compelling theme about the utter banality of every step towards becoming truly evil.”
— Lars Townsend, Politics & Prose Books &, Washington, DC
A hilarious, action-packed look at the apocalypse that combines a touching tale of friendship, a thrilling war story, and an all out kung-fu infused mission to save the world.
Gonzo Lubitch and his best friend have been inseparable since birth. They grew up together, they studied kung-fu together, they rebelled in college together, and they fought in the Go Away War together. Now, with the world in shambles and dark, nightmarish clouds billowing over the wastelands, they have been tapped for an incredibly perilous mission. But they quickly realize that this assignment is more complex than it seems, and before it is over they will have encountered everything from mimes, ninjas, and pirates to one ultra-sinister mastermind, whose only goal is world domination.
About the Author
Nick Harkaway is the author of Tigerman and Angelmaker, and a nonfiction work about digital culture, The Blind Giant: Being Human in a Digital World. He is also a regular blogger for The Bookseller’s FutureBook website. He lives in London with his wife, a human rights lawyer, and their two children.
“A flat-out ferociously good novel.... Reads like a surrealist smashup of Pynchon and Pratchett, Vonnegut and Heller.”
“Harkaway delivers plenty of action and surprises.... Likely to be this season’s major conversation-starter.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“A gripping, satirical, postapocalyptic war epic populated with mimes, ninjas, bureaucrats, chimera, and gun-toting nerds.”
"Very funny and hugely entertaining. . . . And brilliant. Read it."
—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Bewilders, amazes, entertains. . . . a Catch-22 for the 21st century. . . . a work of extraordinary imagination and charisma. . . genius"
—The New York Observer
"Leaves the reader gasping for both adjectives and description. It's a powerful and accomplished first novel that weaves elements of romance, mystery, SF/F and -- yes -- thriller together in a way that leaves no doubt that the master storyteller gene really is something that can be passed along."
"Vivid and exciting. Harkaway manages to meld a vision of war more germane to today's world, and take it to its most horrifying, apocalyptic conclusion."
—Charleston City Paper