The Alex Crow-Andrew Smith
No summary possible for this novel.
Certainly weird and absurd-I loved it. The open ended ending was such a good choice and before that. Oh boy, there are the resurrected extinct animals with death wishes playing a small role (enough to give you an idea of the type of person their creator is) and a melting man who is going distinctly insane while being yelled at by Stalin and having his life narrated. The main protagonists are stuck at a summer camp wholly unsuited for them-the camp is meant for weaning technologically obsessed boys off technology-being paranoidly studied by a psychologist who makes her baseline of normality the abnormal boys and thus finds the 'normal' boys baffling. Oh, and Ariel, the survivor stuck in the middle of all of this. That's really not all-there are a whole lot more subplots here. There are a lot of sharp corners and menacing people in this novel, lots of things briefly explained and left to fester, which was perfect for me. It's difficult to tell you what was going on but there was a lot and most of it was wickedly funny and surreal. Whirlwind too-when this finished, I felt like it was my first breath in awhile.