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Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.
Crazy and amazing book about growing up in Ealing, Iowa. Austin Szerba interweaves family history, science experimentation and the end of the world seamlessly. Did I mention giant six-foot-tall praying mantises that have only two things on their mind?
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"I was going to do something I'd never done, and do things I could not understand and never believed existed.
This is history, and this is also the truth."
". . .Heinreich Fuchs researched in Splugen.
There were a lot of Fuchs in Splugen.
Splugen was full of dumb Fuchs."
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Behold the history of the end of the world - by Austin Szerba. The end of the world does not start with a bang or a bomb, or an ultimatum from outer space. It begins (and ends) in Ealing, Iowa, in Grasshopper Jungle, the parking lot behind the strip mall containing a pizza place, the liqueur store and the second-hand store. It begins when Austin and his best friend Robby (who is is pretty sure he is in love with) are bullied by the local small-town thugs who will never amount to anything (because they are not bright enough too and because they will shortly die). The fate of the world is sealed when said thugs break into the second-hand store to steal a glowing glass ball. The world is doomed when they break it open and unleash a plague of carnivorous giant insects on the world. Austin records everything (that is not an overstatement) that happens.
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