Waste of Space by Gina Damico is a STELLAR spoof on reality television and Hollywood stereotypes. It is wildly entertaining and an absolute must-read for lovers of both contemporary and sci-fi!
I paired Waste of Space with this Stellar Organics Sauvignon Blanc. Not only because “stellar” is quite the catchphrase in this satirical story, but also because this wine is known for its “good body and structure,” which pairs well with this books unique story-telling structure and unexpected depth of emotion.
*All wine recommendations are for those of legal drinking age only.*
About the Book
Title: Waste of Space
Author: Gina Damico
Pub. Date: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers
Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that’s the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama—and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse, their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show. And it’s a hit! Millions of viewers are transfixed. But then, suddenly, all communication is severed. Trapped and paranoid, the kids must figure out what to do when this reality show loses its grip on reality.
WASTE OF SPACE ended up being nothing like I expected, and yet I ended up loving it! Gina Damico’s satirical take on a reality television show is absolutely hilarious. She does a brilliant job of poking fun at this entertainment phenomenon in a way that is uproarious and also surprisingly touching.
The characters in this book are exaggerated versions of so many Hollywood and reality television stereotypes, and they are so much fun to read. They had me laughing non-stop through the first half, and then I found myself actually connecting with them and caring about them in the second half when Damico starts giving them a lot more depth and real-world backstories.
The fact that absolutely everything on this “space ship” is so obviously fake and everything that can possibly go wrong on it certainly does so, and in glorious fashion, is just so much fun. I think it does force readers to pause their sense of disbelief a bit at times, but if you can really embrace the idea of this being a true (and brilliant) satire, then this book will just be an absolute pleasure to read.
I certainly didn’t see the ending of this one coming. It took me wholly by surprise. It was actually quite beautiful, and the closing prose is frankly stunning and shows that not only does Damico have a firm grasp on satire and humor, but she has some serious writing chops as well.
This is one of the most original stories that I’ve read this year, and I can’t wait to read more books from this phenomenal author.
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About Gina Damico
I grew up under four feet of snow in Syracuse, New York. I received a degree in theater and sociology from Boston College, where I was active with the Committee for Creative Enactments, a murder mystery improv comedy troupe that may or may not have sparked my interest in wildly improbably bloodshed. I have since worked as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, movie extra, office troll, retail monkey, yarn hawker, and breadmonger.I live in Western Massachusetts with my husband, two cats, one dog, and and obscene amount of weird things purchased at yard sales.
Have you read Waste of Space yet? What are some of your favorite books that feature reality television shows?