Babylon Twins by M.F. Gibson
Publisher: Thinking Toy Press | Release Date: March 1, 2019 | Pages: 373
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Babylon Twins is a refreshing twist on the exhausted zombie trope in a post apocalyptic/dystopian world. With a demonic deer, a way too smart robot in a Santa Claus costume, and two kick ass, slightly psychotic female twins all on the loose, this novel by M.F. Gibson will definitely keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat!
It's been 10 years since a powerful machine intelligence unleashed an engineered super drug on humanity, leaving civilization a collection of mindless addicts confined to automated treatment centers. Twins Chloe and Elizabeth Yetti, along with their scientist/survivalist Mother, and younger brother Dyre, escaped into the wilderness outside of San Francisco and have been living a peaceful existence. Having grown up in the forests of Northern California, anti-social and slightly homicidal Clo and El, along with the rest of their family stayed safe while society collapsed around them. When a stranger and a demonic deer appear at their camp, their Mother suddenly disappears and their brother falls ill, the twins are left with no choice but to venture back into the disintegrating streets of drug addled San Francisco in hopes of finding their Mom. Armed with only a knife, and old rifle, and their secret twin language, Clo and El realize the apocalypse was only the beginning, and they have to face it head on to survive.
I'm not a science fiction fan, nor am I a fan of dystopian or post-apocalyptic novels, but I enjoyed Babylon Twins tremendously! So why did I agree to read this? One of my bookish New Years resolutions! Yes, I make bookish resolutions, don't judge me. And I actually have a chance of keeping them! One of my resolutions was to read more books out of my comfort zone, and this definitely fit the bill!
First, the world building was fantastic! The descriptions of this new world ruled by bio-mechanical gods and monsters was amazing and it gave me a clear sense of how bleak the world had become. The descriptions of the people, who only acted like zombies due to the drugs they are fed, was creepier than an actual zombie. The details of this new world seemed all too real and it really made me think how much we rely on AI right now, that this scenario might not be too far off.
There were plenty of twists in the plot, not all predictable, which is always a nice surprise and will keep you on your toes. The writing is fast paced, brisk, and solid. The author does add in some humor to shine a little bit of light on a dark story which was appropriate and appreciated. One cool thing that the author did is write the story from the twins point of view. They tell the story as one entity but both twins maintain their own unique identities through out, which was masterfully done. You can tell when Clo is speaking because she is more sentimental, while El is more serious and stoic. As the two girls are the narrators, and they are both a little unhinged, you never know what is going to happen which made this even more fun and action packed! The twins tendency towards violence only improves their chance of survival for themselves, their Mother, and their brother. The storytelling, however does falter a bit when the twins begin giving almost literally everything nicknames. Their weapons- “Daisy Duke”, to the robot enemies- “Tik Tocks”. This makes the story a bit confusing and hard to differentiate between which twin is speaking.
Full of action, heart, and psycho, violent teenage twins, Babylon Twins delivers in leaps and bounds! Even though the twins are a bit off, you will be rooting for them the whole way through, one blood soaked fight after the other! This is the first book in a trilogy, and I'm excited to see what kind of crazy antics our literally-crazy twin heroines will get up to in the upcoming books! It'll bloody glorious for sure!