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It all begins when Ana Watson's little brother, Clayton, secretly ditches the quiz bowl semifinals to go to the Washingcon sci-fi convention on what should have been a normal, résumé-building school trip.
If slacker Zak Duquette hadn't talked up the geek fan fest so much, maybe Clayton wouldn't have broken nearly every school rule or jeopardized Ana’s last shot at freedom from her uptight parents.
Now, teaming up with Duquette is the only way for Ana to chase down Clayton in the sea of orcs, zombies, bikini-clad princesses, Trekkies, and Smurfs. After all, one does not simply walk into Washingcon.
But in spite of Zak's devil-may-care attitude, he has his own reasons for being as lost as Ana-and Ana may have more in common with him than she thinks. Ana and Zak certainly don’t expect the long crazy night, which begins as a nerdfighter manhunt, to transform into so much more…
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Things to Expect from The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak:
1.) Two wonderfully-portrayed main characters. Ana and Zak both have very different and distinct personalities. Both were a bit hard to like at first (Ana was pretty stuck up, and Zak was an arrogant prick), but as they continued to learn more about each other and themselves, I realized that I’ve grown quite attached to them. Both went through a lot of character development, and I appreciated that a lot.
2.) Hilarious banter. If you didn’t know, I’m actually hard to please when it comes to humorous books. But this one was making me laugh out loud. Both the characters were quirky and sassy, and the banter between them was just spot-on.
3.) Geektastic pop culture references. I love pop culture references! Unfortunately, some of the references were lost on me since I’m not really a gamer, but if you are, you’re definitely going to appreciate this book!
4.) Underlying themes and life lessons. While this book was mostly just light and fun, you’re going to realize things about yourself and other people while reading. You’re going to find that trust doesn’t come easily, but it can be learned. You’re going to think about how some people have more in them then you first thought they did.
5.) A odd cast of secondary characters that you may or may not love. The side characters in this book were definitely… intense, in a way. They had such strong personalities, and sometimes they just a bit overwhelming. There were also times when they made me want to poke their eyes with a stick.
6.) A cute plot… that goes awry. I was loving all the geekiness in the convention–things were cute and exciting, until the last maybe 20% of the book. A certain
fucking weird scene happened, and it basically came out of nowhere!
I’d recommend The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak to all the geeks (and geek lovers) out there who want to feel empowered, and for non-geeks who want to learn more about all the fabulous geek fandoms. But if you’re not a fan of illogical/unrealistic stories, maybe this won’t be for you.