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The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher


IMG_1795The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher 5 stars

The perfect book all nerds, geeks and comic fans have been waiting for!

Goodreads: 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…

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This book is based around a comic convention and as somebody who has never watched Star Wars I knew this was going to be a strange read from the start.

But that is where I was wrong.

There are three main characters in this novel, Zak, Ana and Ana’s brother Clayton. Zak is the king of all things convention and Clayton is curious and wants to learn more about it. Ana on the other hand doesn’t care about it what so ever and therefore doesn’t understand any of the inside jokes.

Having a character who has no idea what is going on it really comforting because it means firstly you are not the only one who doesn’t understand all the inside jokes but also because then the other characters explain things to them more and therefore you start to understand a lot better.

The plot itself did not have many twists and turns until the very end where I ended up staying up till who knows what time to finish it.

With this story the in event is set over a few hours yet you feel like it could be going on for days. We get to see so much of the convention that we really get to feel as if we are there experiencing all of the jam packed activities going on throughout the night.

Although Ana and Zak are 18 they do feel a lot less mature, especially Ana. I would put this down to Ana not having much life experience due to her stick parents and any sort of romance makes her act like a 12 year old.

As someone who isn’t well rounded with all things comic con I cannot tell you how accurate the book is but from what I did understand I would highly recommenced this book to all nerdfighters out there.

Let me know if you have read this book or if you are thinking of picking it up. I really enjoyed it and it is definitely going on my favourites list for the month.

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