On the surface, this book is about a friendless loser who gets swept away in a more excellent adventure than Bill and Ted could ever dream of. It is clever and funny and smart and one of my favorite new releases.
On a deeper level, Gulbranson has incorporated philosophies, modern metaphysical theories, and social science studies that could fill a ton of other books. That alone wouldn't have won me over but the depth and reality of the characters would have entertained and endeared me even if the story had failed.
Don't misunderstand me, the book isn't dry. It is funny (one of the few I actually laughed out loud at), fast paced, and violent.