Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb: Some reviews.
"A rollicking adventure that is laugh-out-loud funny and often unexpectedly poignant… Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb is a terrific read for adults who haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be a teenager, sane or not, and it oozes crossover appeal for teens and young adult readers."
"If fiction is moved forward by getting its characters into deeper and deeper trouble, then George Rabasa's latest novel is a speedy little car, following the misadventures of two lovable misfits. Threaded throughout are questions worth considering about the relative nature of balance and the necessary envelope of privacy each person needs to live."
"Rabasa's clever mix of the absurd and the tragic…maintains a playful cleverness throughout, fueled by piquant dialogue and sharply etched characters who maintain their humanity... Well-played, keenly felt."
"For all the darkness in this novel, it was a very addicting read. This book showed well how a normal person can still be strange and how a mentally ill person can be sane.… a really wonderful book."
Books and Brews.com:
"Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb pirouettes easily between laugh-out-loud hilarity and eye-misting poignancy which fairly accurately emulates the teen age experience. Every character is eccentric and instantly memorable, and Rabasa never telegraphs the plot. It went many places - some pretty damn dark - that I never expected. Another fantastic novel from Unbridled Books."
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
"George Rabasa is a writer of literary heft with a gift for vivid, accurate description. His latest moves from zippy fiction to tale of obsession. Which is finally what Rabasa has written -- a horror story
that won't let you sleep."
MPR – All Things Considered:
"Rabasa's new book, "Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb," is an off-beat love story set against the snow-packed wastes of a Minnesota winter. The novel is fast-paced and funny, but with dark undertones."
New York Journal of Books:
"Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb may be more in keeping with contemporary comic epics like John Kennedy Toole’s Confederacy of Dunces and Tristan Egolf’s Lord of the Barnyard—with a splash of Kesey’s Cukoo’s Nest. Adam’s narration has the slacker chic of an intelligent, idle teen with a lot of time to consider the foibles of others. Readers are treated to dozens of droll observations through the eyes of a troubled young man. Mr. Rabasa clearly enjoyed himself while writing this book; Adam is his imp, wreaking mischief on the world.
Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb is a very modern and clever book".
The triumph of this book is its ability to portray those empty nooks in a splintered family with sympathy and tenderness. We’re drawn into Adam’s melancholia, his inability to find true acceptance and love. Adam’s tragedy is brought into focus by his overpowering love for Miss Entropia... Adam’s tragedy is a given fact from the opening pages, but George Rabasa’s artistic, first person narrative leaves us wondering and musing about teenage isolation, family dysfunction, and lost opportunities.
- Ian S. Maloney, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.