Eaten: The Complete First Season by Michael La Ronn

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Eaten: The Complete First Season by Michael La Ronn
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (234 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

An empire of processed foods on the verge of world domination. A broccoli terrorist with nothing to lose.

New Eaton is a futuristic metropolis where obese humans live lavishly among processed foods. Vegetables are second-class citizens, used for sinister experiments that keep the city alive. A trio of salt, sugar, and fat called the Triumvirate rule with brute force to keep the vegetables in submission.

Brocc is a broccoli with a mysterious past whose only goal is to take down the Triumvirate, even if it means sacrificing himself. He and his terrorist group, the Vegans, launch a devastating attack that throws the city into chaos.

But when things go wrong, Brocc takes an innocent human hostage in order to save himself, creating a power struggle with the Triumvirate that will change the fate of all food forever.

This is the first book in Michael La Ronn’s sci-fi fantasy saga, Eaten. It’s an exciting blend of fantasy, action/adventure, and cyberpunk, with humor added for taste.

VEGETABLES JUST GOT COMPLICATED.

If these vegetable freedom fighters have anything to say about it, the revolution definitely will be televised!

The blurb was much shorter than what I’d normally expect to read, but it provided enough details about the zany plot to snag my attention immediately. This is one of the most creative premises I’ve come across in a long time. I couldn’t wait to see what Mr. La Ronn had in store for his characters. Sometimes less is more, though, so once I was a chapter or two in the action I was glad that the author kept so many of the twists and turns a secret.

It would have been helpful to know a little more about the physiology of the foods who are also characters. I was never quite sure if they were all intended to be members of the same species or if every type of food was its own unique species. Some foods have children who strongly resemble them while others don’t. I found the differences between those families to be a little distracting, although it is a minor criticism of an otherwise engaging adventure.

I really enjoyed the worldbuilding in this story. The produce puns made me smile, especially when the characters themselves treated those names or terms seriously. Somehow this style of humor is even better when it’s used with a straight face. It was also intriguing to see Kendall, the main character, slowly explore the various levels of the empire he calls home. He’s spent so much time in one small part of it that he seems to be nearly as surprised by everything else that is out there as this reader was.

Eaten: The Complete First Season was so much fun to read that I had a hard time putting it down. This is a great choice for anyone who loves the playful side of science fiction.

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