Review: ‘Crap Kingdom’ by D.C. Pierson

Crap Kingdom is one of the funniest books I’ve read in a while. I found the name a little off-putting and was unsure of how much I would really enjoy this novel, but D.C. Pierson caught my attention in the first paragraph with his humor and relatable writing.

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The story centers around Tom Parking, a slacker who’s into the drama club and very little else. Tom is also very relatable. Pierson did a fabulous job at developing this character to be sympathetic even when he’s not very likeable. From Tom’s desire to please his mother while trying to avoid doing any type of school work, to his crush on a girl in the drama club and his attitude toward his friends, stepping into Tom’s view point is seamless. Pop culture references, like to The Daily Show, and Tom’s funny observations about his world suck you into the story.

One night, after performing in a play, Tom is brought to a no-name kingdom on another world by Gark, who is clearly a fuck up. Gark pronounces Tom as his land’s Chosen One, an honor Tom considers dubious at best. The kingdom is essentially made of repurposed junk (or, crap) from Earth and looks like some kind of shanty town or hovel. The attitude of its people is just as miserable and the kingdom keeps getting worse with each step Tom takes. When he’s assigned to work in a rat snottery, Tom decides that being a hero just isn’t for him…until he has a change of heart. Which sucks for him because at this point, a new Chosen One has been found and the kingdom doesn’t want Tom back.

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Everything about this book was an excellent read, although I felt that the ending was a little rushed. It wasn’t bad, but it fell a little flat for me; not enough to ruin the read, but enough to make me mention it. The end is also set up so that more books in a series or companion novel could spring from the Crap Kingdom world.

So if you’re sick of love triangles or the paranormal, and want a funny, quick read, pick up Crap Kingdom.

3.5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Release Date: March 7, 2013

I reviewed this book purely for the joy of reading and was not compensated in any way whatsoever.

About Crap Kingdom

THE CHOSEN ONE MUST BE RETRIEVED FROM EARTH

HE WILL BRING DOWN THE WALL AND RESTORE THE KINGDOM TO GLORY

HIS NAME IS TOM PARKING

With this mysterious yet oddly ordinary-looking prophecy, Tom’s fate is sealed: he’s been plucked from his life and whisked away to a magical kingdom to be its Chosen One.

There’s just one problem: The kingdom is mostly made of garbage from Earth. Okay, well, two problems: the king hates Tom. Also, the princess likes to wear fake mustaches. And being Chosen One seems to consist mainly of cleaning out rats’ noses at the Royal Rat-Snottery.

So, basically, the kingdom sucks.

When Tom turns down the job of Chosen One, he thinks he’s making a smart decision. But when Tom discovers he’s been replaced by his best friend Kyle, who’s always been cooler, more athletic, and better with girls, Tom wants Crap Kingdom back—at any cost. And the hilarity that ensues will determine the fate of the universe.

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About the Author

DC Pierson is one-fifth of the popular sketch comedy group DERRICK, whose videos have been viewed over 250 million times online. He co-wrote and co-starred in their feature film Mystery Team, which went to Sundance in 2009, released theatrically by Roadside Attractions, and is available on DVD from Lionsgate. He has also appeared on the show “Community” and in national commercials. His first novel The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To won an Alex Award for adult books with special appeal for teen readers from the American Library Association. He lives in Hollywood, California.

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