Title: The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse
Author: Nina Post
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Version Read: ebook ARC
Publication Date: February 29th 2012
Categories: demons, fiction, futuristic, humour, urban fantasy (?)
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley. This in no way reflects my feelings towards the book or the book’s review.
Summary (Goodreads): When hundreds of fallen angels and dimension-hopping monsters take over a highrise condo building, a down-on-her-luck bounty hunter must team up with an unlikely group of allies to prevent the apocalypse.
Kelly Driscoll tracks down monsters for a living, but the job isn’t what it used to be. Vampire hunters are the new big thing, but Kelly doesn’t swing that way. When a reclusive client hires her to locate a rival angel, Kelly’s search takes her to a downtown highrise that has become home to hundreds of fallen angels and dimension-hopping monsters.
As the fallen angels take over the condo board, argue over who’s handling pizza delivery, and begin planning for a little shindig otherwise known as the apocalypse, Kelly must team up with an unlikely group of allies to find her target and keep the fallen angels at bay. In the process, she befriends a reluctant Angel of Destruction, gets tips from a persistent ferret, uncovers the mysteries behind Pothole City’s hottest snack food empire, and tries to prevent the end of the world.
I liked The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse. It was an entertaining read. The main character, Kelly Driscoll, is a bounty hunter in a futuristic city called Pothole City. She’s been called in by Don, an Angel (of the doom and gloom type) to find a fallen angel who was released from the place where Don had imprisoned him. She encounters many of the residents of Amenity Tower (the titular condo building), including a fallen angel named Af who is the other main character to the story.
The fallen angels are all bound to the condo, because Don is lazy and doesn’t like to deal with paperwork. Some of the newest residents, lead the the disgruntled Baum, are intending on busting out of their prison and wreaking havoc on the human populace once more. Other residents just want the gym facilities maintained, a policy on whether or not Death Worms can be taken on the public elevator, and a solution to the pizza delivery problem. There are also other assorted monsters, most of whom were accidently let into the building through the filtration system and who have eaten all the other human residents. Oops.
There are also, as Kelly discovers, single purpose angels or SPs. Almost all of these are childlike and apparently mute. They are also addicted to Cluck Snack brand foods (not for dogs or ferrets, in some cases). They are also an intriguing aspect to the storyline, and crucial to solving the monster population problem, and preventing the apocalypse – sort of. Each angel was created for a specific purpose. Tubiel, whose is the first of these childlike angels to appear in the book (although not the first single purpose angel we meet) is in charge of returning small birds to their owners, and the other SPs have random but overall significant duties. Such as the angel in charge of 3am, the angel i charge of HVAC systems and so on.
There are a few flaws in the novel. For starters, the chapters are incredibly short – there’s 61 chapters in a 296 pages book. Some of them work as chapters, others not so much. Also several plot elements, mostly minor, are just sort of dropped into the story and it can be confusing if you aren’t paying attention. There are also several character POVs – not but certainly enough to throw some readers off balance. However they blend together reasonably well, so it is not a big issue. I wanted to learn more about Af and why he was more content to be staying at Amenity Towers than to leave it.
Overall, I liked The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse, and if I have the chance to read the sequel ‘The Last Donut Shop of the Apocalypse’ I would. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who either doesn’t have or doesn’t understand a quirky sense of humour, because I think they would simply find it too weird. But for anyone who has a snarky or quirky sense of humour, I would suggest to give this book a try.