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Reviewed by Bryone Peters for Readers' Favorite
Pig by J. N. Johnson is fictional writing at its best. The protagonist, Dando, thinks that she has finally gone insane when she discovers a strange silver panel in the glove box of her Volvo car. Everything that went into the glove box gets sucked in and disappears. After she went on a solitary hike in the woods, things took a dramatic turn. A starved black bear tries to eat her alive after hunting her down. She narrowly escapes twice. The first time is through wit and sheer luck. The second time, she manages to escape by allowing herself to get sucked into the Volvo's mysterious glove box. Following this, things get even more interesting because the silver panel turns out to be a portal to an alien world.
Pig by J. N. Johnson is bound to be a bestseller. The dialogue is frequently quirky and works well with the action in this creative and clever plot. At Apastron refugee space station, the protagonist, Dando, gets to know some crazy alien characters. Dando’s internal dialogue toward the aliens is often hilarious. Her interaction with the human characters is no less entertaining, for example, the nameless character she calls Sour Brows. Dando’s escape in the scene where a ravenous bear hunts and attacks her is stunningly described but eerie as it takes place in a world where animals were deemed extinct for years. The twists caught me completely off-guard and left my head spinning with awe. I would enthusiastically recommend this funny, existential, alien-probing, action-packed book!