Apocalypse Now Now – Charlie Human (@charliehuman)

I first heard about this book from my sister (Babongile) and the way she went on and on about it really forced me to read this book. So I did …

Enter Baxter Zevcenko who’s not your average teenager at all. Bax, as he’s commonly known, attends Westridge High in Cape Town, which seems to have issues which I won’t go into but issues nonetheless. He’s a seemingly confused teenager, one that has a hard time distinguishing between reality and the dream world. His brother Rafe is a special needs child and like most sibling relationships, they annoy the living daylights out of each other.

It is somewhat difficult confirming or denying Bax’s seeming insanity until the disappearance of his girlfriend, Esme. The reader is taken through a ride between the two realms of Bax’s strange life – real and ‘unreal’, which work together to help Bax deal through the two realms with the help of a supernatural bounty hunter, Ronin, all in an effort to bring Esme back.

That is only the tip of the iceberg, this goes much deeper and Bax discovers that Grandpa Zevcenko might not be as crazy as the family thinks.

When one begins reading a book, you envisage what you are reading about in your mind’s eye and with this book, it was difficult at the beginning but it was all just a small preparation for the explosive ride throughout the rest of thee book. It was not my usual read but I have no regrets and you won’t either.

-Phumzile Z

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