FKA USA by Reed King


Reed King’s amazingly audacious novel is something of a cross between L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, Douglas Adams’s A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and Ernie Cline’s Ready Player One.In Reed King’s wildly imaginative and possibly prescient debut, the United States has dissolved in the wake of environmental disasters and the catastrophic policies of its final president.It is 2085, and Truckee Walla...

Details FKA USA

Release DateJun 18th, 2019
PublisherFlatiron Books
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Dystopia

Reviews FKA USA

  • Dave
    FKA stands for "Formerly Known As." Sort of like AKA is "also known as." This novel presents a post-dissolution view of North America after wars, famine, etc., split the country up into different entities ranging from the corporate entities like Crunch to the Free State of Texas. It's now in the 2070's a divided country with borders, different currencies, etc. Crunch is a corporate run country on former Arkansas land, producing artificial chemica...
  • Bandit
    I’m always up for a dystopia, but had I been aware of this one’s voluminous page count, not sure I would have read it. Conciseness…I’m a huge fan of conciseness, precision, succinctness, just a basic ability to tell a story in, say, 300 pages. 400 if you must. Going close to 500 is seldom justified (and often just self indulgent), unless you’re Tolstoy or similar. But this novel does have a lot to say for all its verbosity. In the near ...
  • Sydney Smith
    Thank you to Flatiron Books for the ARC! “How would you like to save the world, son?” FKA USA is a wild ride. If you’re tired of reading the same old formulaic dystopian novel, this is the book for you. There are some tropes, such as the evil government/corporations stuff, but it's done in a way that feels fresh. In my opinion, this is definitely a unique take on a dystopian sci-fi adventure story that involves some odd and fun characters a...
  • Ashley
    Had it not been for the free ARC I received from NetGalley, I would most likely not have finished this book. The overall story arc was a typical quest story. But the incessant use of lingo from the dystopian future was too much. And while the footnotes, which I generally like in a book, were so intrusive in the story, I found that I lost track of the plot while trying to figure out what the background info was. There were also many times where th...
  • Tonstant Weader
    The book reviews that I struggle with the most are for those books that I fall in love with. I want to say “Trust me, just read it.” FKA USA by Reed King is one of those books. Trust me, just read it.The title FKA USA is for Formerly Known As, though every time I saw it on the cover or the spine, my mind saw Effing-A USA. Am I wrong? When you read this, as you must, you will see there are reasons why it should be that.Imagine The Wizard of Oz...
  • Claire Draper
    Reed King is an amazing writer. And though I wonder who this bestselling author is writing under the pseudonym Reed King, I think they did an amazing job. This world is immersive and the writing is crazy good. Can't wait for more from this author. And who doesn't love a book with a talking goat that's kind of a weirdo? It's such a great read, and it's easy to see why booksellers are loving this book. Oh and the twists and turns are amazing! So un...
  • B220
    In 2085, the United States is no longer. Instead it is quite divided for a variety of geographical, economic, and political reasons and not all of them are good ones. In a futuristic and tech heavy world, Truckee Wallace is as close to a nobody as you can get. Then, his whole world get turned upside down as he is "asked" by the President to trek cross continent in an effort to save humanity as he knows it.So, since he basically has no other choic...
  • InBooksILive Reviews
    I really don't know what more I can say about this book than to say that I absolutely loved it. Every single crazy, what the hell is going on right now chapter!Truckee Wallace is my damn hero. He is a smart mouthed, completely dumb but smart at the same time kind of character and I adore him. Tiny Tim.. oh Tiny Tim.. I can't even say what I want about him cause I'd spoil the ending. He's special, let's say. I highly enjoyed him. Barnaby the talki...
  • Ayla van Hissenhoven
    This book was honestly so poorly written I had to force myself to read it. The concept is good enough but the usage of foot notes and appendices on every single page is disruptive to the flow and is akin to reading a textbook. The constant use of “could of” is annoying, but “could have” is written at least once, suggesting Reed King either doesn’t know proper English or just doesn’t care enough to fix it. Either way it too disrupts th...
  • Bargle
    I received this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program.Not great, not terrible. Lots of 'behind the corporate doors' intrigue and our hero running around trying to figure out what's going on and who's trying to kill him. The talking goat character is somewhat charming. The author did leave the door open for a sequel.One thing did constantly annoy me throughout the book. Most of the characters say 'must of, would of could of' instead of 'must...
  • Roger Bailey
    There is no doubt Reed King went all out in this novel. He has an epic world with crazy characters. The writing is good, the humor is sly. For me however this book didn't work. Too many sci-fi cliches; dystopian world ran by corporation-government hybrids, a mission of travel that hits bumps along the way, etc. King shows promise and I would read again, but this one felt like someone who wanted to show everything they got in their debut and ended...
  • Geoffrey
    (Note: I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley)The future "FKA USA," is a combination of mega-corporation, post-environmental catastrophes, cold wars running hot, Balkanized lands mixed with lawless (and barely inhabitable) flyover country, and a pervasive sense that what's left of humanity isn't too far away from the final curtain, to name just a few of the main ingredients in this gritty world. It's also a future that stings hard w...
  • Chelz Lor
    For this and more Dystopian horror reviews, please check out my website,***Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a honest review***There was a time that I was really into Dystopian Novels. They presented a “world after” that could be either horrifying, struggling, or uplifting in the face of change. (Most were horrifying). I can understand that and find the entertainment/learning value in novels that represent all tha...
  • Adrienne
    I've always maintained that when the apocalypse happens, I want to die in the first wave. Fast, relatively painlessly, clean. No drawn-out suffering. No huge moral dilemmas. No crazy Mad Max scenarios. Just, poof - gone. Game over. FKA USA totally and completely reinforces that desire. If this is the future that's coming, thanks, but no thanks, I'm good. Just let me go quickly in one of the several nasty ways it Reed King kills off my fellow Okla...
  • Karen M
    The USA is no more. Big Business has split up the land into individual countries with all the hostilities you would expect. The salvation of the former USA depends, or so he is told, on one teenager, Truckee Wallace. It is 2085 and perhaps the beginning of the end.This was one of those books that at the beginning I wondered if I had made a mistake. I mean, I enjoy post-apocalyptic novels but this one was a bit different. I gradually became captiv...
  • Sue Gill
    Thank you to Goodreads for this ARC. It is much appreciated.Although not my usual genre (dystopian), I was looking forward to reading this, intrigued by the description and wanting to branch out a bit as far as subject matter. Unfortunately I could not get much past the first chapter. I found the layout and story line (as little as I covered) confusing and odd. I was constantly going back and forth between the voluminous footnotes and the text. W...
  • Susan
    In a land formerly known as the USA a drudge of a factory worker, a talking goat, an android who wants to be a real boy and a criminal who has had part of his brain removed set off on a quest at the direction of their current disaster of a President. This take on the dystopian novel's does bring up comparisons to The Wizard of Oz and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but it is a much denser and surreal read. The use of footnotes can seem like usel...
  • Kim McGee
    Teenage Truckee is an unsuspecting pawn in a powerful, chaotic race to deliver a goat with a human brain safely across a fractured futuristic USA. Not only will you barely recognize the landscape but this new world is filled with robots who long to be human, humans who act like robots as well as food and slang that sounds like Saturday cartoon commercials. It is Oz, Narnia, Planet of the Apes and Star Wars but on Earth. The appendix in the back a...
  • Patrycja
    I thought I will like this novel more. But still I think it deserves 4 stars.It started interesting but than I lost interest. Than it picked up, than again it started to bore me. It was rollercoaster of liking and disliking.At the end I think it is a good dystopian novel. It has futuristic elements, that sound rather scary. ( How would you like to eat only synthetic food and never even try real, grown food? How would you like to live in the world...
  • Ashley Taglieri
    Absolutely bloody brilliant!!!A must read of 2019 and in my very humble opinion an instant classic. The world building, the story, the characters, the dark humor reminiscent of American Psycho are all top notch. All done in the style of a historical memoir, which feels refreshing all the while giving the author room to build out the world and history of the USA post dissolution. I see this as being this generation's 1984. A dark satire of the wor...
  • Nicole Wagner
    A truly original book. The USA is massive and diverse. Globalization is real, but relies solely on the omnipresence of fragile and corporate-biased technologies. That's real. that's now. In the novel, political and corporate interests and alliances have exploded and imploded and are highly (but not entirely) unrecognizable. This is a novel set in the future, but wherein the laws and tendencies of nature remain rooted firmly in reality. For the 99...
  • Laura Denton
    I got an electronic version of this book through NetGalley. I was enticed by the publisher's blurb and do, generally, enjoy dystopian novels, sarcasm and intrigue, but I just could not tolerate the premise of the story or the writing. I managed to get through about 15 pages and gave up. Then, I felt like I should give it a second chance, but - sorry - no. It is rare that I have this kind of reaction. This was one of the few times that I've taken ...
  • Jill
    The United States has fallen apart into chaos and it is divided into conglomerates and colonies where electronic spying, computer virus and manipulation of humans to be more robotics than flesh and blood. Smart bands and visors take the place or education and memorization. Turkee and Barnaby, an intelligent talking goat, are chosen to made a trek across county to save the world from death. This is a tale of how far they will travel to save the hu...
  • Kathleen
    FKA USA probably will develop a cult following. It is a heady, boiling cauldron of dystopian tropes: a journey/quest to save the world, wacko cults, drug, chemical and cyber addictions, clones, androids, corporate malfeasance and more. What sets this book apart is its sly humor and complex structure. The book is presented as the 10th edition of Truckee Wallace's memoir, and the footnotes and appendices lend the outlandish text a pseudo-reality. A...
  • Robert
    I wanted to like it, and I didn’t hate it, but almost halfway through I still simply didn’t care. Reed has created a disturbing post apocalyptic America which isn’t terribly far fetched, but each chapter feels like an excuse to explore more of the degradation of society than to move the story along. I honestly can’t give a solid reason why this didn’t work for me, but each time I picked the book up I was doing so as a chore, not enjoyab...
  • Woody
    Dense, near-future, speculative fiction with footnotes and appendixes that imagines what the world would be like if all the crappy things going on today were allowed to continue unchecked to their natural conclusion. It isn't pretty. Our teen-aged protagonist, along with a talking goat, an android who wants to be human and a lobotomized conman, road trips from Little Rock to San Francisco through perilous landscape on a mission to save the world....
  • Sil
    I won a copy of this book through goodreads giveaways. Thank you.It took me a while to get into this book, and to finish it. The politics of the new nations of FKA USA is not easy or something I felt like understanding, it seemed confusing. While there were funny moments, they were too few and scattered. The main character, Truckee, is not the easiest to like. This book was being compared to Ready Player One, well, the references and the common b...
  • Amanda
    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I made it through about 40 pages of this before my eyes completely glazed over and I very nearly fell asleep. Although this book claims to be part Wizard of Oz, part Ready Player One, which are both books I adore, I saw very little resemblance. The whole thing was far too sci-fi for me, and far too depressing. Maybe it's just that it's not a genre I am typically a big fan of, but I couldn't ...
  • Amy
    FKA...for erly known as...USA. I won this on goodreads, or I never would have picked this up. It’s basically a dystopian quest novel full of satire and humor. It was a bit too long for me, and a bit out of my wheelhouse for what I usually read. I skimmed parts, I laughed at parts.