I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not change my review in any way.
Summary from goodreads.com
Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that’s the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama—and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse, their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show. And it’s a hit! Millions of viewers are transfixed. But then, suddenly, all communication is severed. Trapped and paranoid, the kids must figure out what to do when this reality show loses its grip on reality.
This book reminded me a lot of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy movie, it was strange, weird, funny, light hearted and most definitely unique :). And I think that comparison really works from what I remember of The Hitchhikers Guide.
Waste of Space was not at all what I was expecting. I thought this book was going to be from the characters points of views but the entire book is made up of (mostly) interviews, and transcripts from the show. We don’t get to hear what’s going on in the characters heads, which was fine at first because I REALLY like books set up like this because it’s quick to read. In the end though, I was a bit disappointed by it because it would have been nice to hear what they were thinking…
The whole entire time I was reading this book, I was waiting for something to happen and… nothing did, other than the cast losing connection with the outside world. At the final 100 pages, I started to feel very disappointed at the lack of exciting events. I was expecting this to be thrilling and suspenseful, and instead, it was funny and really weird. Although the ending is really open and kind of hints at something that I found very interesting, but I wish we got to know more about :\.
So why did I give this book three stars?
I actually did really enjoy Waste of Space even if it was very different from what I was expecting.
The characters were unique, they were a bit over the top and kind of felt unrealistic, but I like that about them. They had huge personalities yet they felt like there was little depth to them not to sound rude. Only a few characters developed through the story which was the only thing that felt unnatural to me.
The writing was kind of adorable. I like how the story felt (for the most part) light and funny, like we weren’t supposed to take it so seriously. I haven’t read many books like that before, and I found it very enjoyable. It’s a lot like Denton Little’s Deathdate, and Total Drama Island.
Fable’s Final Thoughts
While I did enjoy this book, it was much different from what I was expecting (obviously XD). Waste of Space is not written from the characters POVs, it’s made up of transcripts and interviews. The characters were over the top, and the story was very enjoyable. My biggest problem with Waste of Space was the lack of exciting turn of events…