February 28, 2021

The F*ck-It List – John Niven

With thanks to the publishers William Heinemann and Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for having me on the tour for John Niven’s new release The F*ck-It List.

The F*ck-It List was published on 26th March 2020 and I am so thrilled to give you my review!

You are dying. Who do you kill?

Set in a near-future America, an America that has borne two terms of Trump Presidency and is now in the first term of Donald’s daughter as president, Frank Brill, a retired small-town newspaper editor, lives in a world where the populist policies Trump is currently so keen to pursue have been a reality for some years and are getting even more extreme – an erosion of abortion rights, less and less gun control, xenophobic immigration policies.

Frank, a good man, has just been given a terminal diagnosis. Rather than compile a bucket list of all the things he’s ever wanted to do in his life, he instead has at the ready his ‘fuck-it list’. Because Frank has had to endure more than his fair share of personal misfortune. And he has the names of those who are to blame for the tragedies that have befallen him.

But eventually, as he becomes more accustomed to dishing out cold revenge and the stakes get higher and higher, and with a rogue county sheriff on his tail, there only remains one name left at the bottom of his fuck-it list.

‘Fucking terrifying and brilliant and gripping and tragic and humane. Frank is a great character – normal and flawed and selfish and decent – and the whole premise of the book is powerful and moving because I believe in Frank! As a read, it becomes progressively more tense until the final pages when I was shouting, JUST KILL HIM! KILL THE FAT ORANGE FUCKER NOW!!!!!! … This should be mandatory reading for every U.S. citizen … Such a well-written book, with such vivid efficient prose, a powerful political plea disguised as a revenge novel. It’s brilliant … I hope everyone in the whole world reads it … It was an honour to read.’

Marian Keyes

‘Loved it. A ferocious revenge story which also manages to be sweetly uplifting. A book Donald Trump would call f*cking nasty.’

Robert Webb

‘[The F*ck-it List] took me by surprise – a thriller with humanity as well as tension.’

Ian Rankin

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I really just want to mirror what’s been said above… The F*ck-It List is just sensational. I’ve already read one of John Niven’s books (The Second Coming) and loved it so I knew I’d be onto a winner when this Blog Tour came through. I definitely wasn’t disappointed.

Our hero, Frank Brill, isn’t perfect. He knows he’s not perfect. He’s made mistakes and he’s made the connection between those mistakes and the consequences of those mistakes. While he’s not perfect, he IS human and I think that’s why Frank is our perfect hero. We can all see a little bit of ourselves in Frank. Following his cancer diagnosis, Frank is on a mission for revenge.

Taking matters into his own hands, Frank embarks on a journey across America taking care of those who have wronged him and those who must now pay the price. Some of those people are from his own personal life and others represent everything that Frank sees as wrong in American society. Think big, BIG… as big as you get in the US of A.

John Niven has set The F*ck-It List in 2026 (that’s only 6 years away fact-fans… if you’re anything like me you still think the 90’s were only 10 years ago…) and Niven’s 2026 is quite scary. While President Trump has retired following his second term, President Trump Jr is now in office and America is still as mental as ever. Niven’s 2026 is pretty brutal and unfortunately could be pretty accurate depiction of an America in the not too distant future.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It’s witty, it’s funny, it’s heartbreaking in places. It’s a fantastic read, loved it. Absolutely loved it.

I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley and as part of the Random Things Blog Tour. This review is my honest and unbiased opinion.

This post contains Amazon Associate links. Should you choose to use these links to purchase The F*ck-It List then I will receive a small commission at absolutely no additional cost to you.

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