Koko Takes a Holiday (KTAH) is a wonderfully dark yet humorous depiction of the future, showing more in common with The Fifth Element and Transmetropolitan than anything else.
With a future that is shown to be madcap and insane in many ways, and yet bares itself to be the logical conclusion of many aspects of modern society, it comes across as both fantastical and realistic at the same time, in the best way.
Setting itself about 5 centuries from now, KTAH stars Koko as its lead, an ex-mercenary now retired to running a bar and brothel on an island paradise holiday complex. She is thrust back into action by an attack organized by a former ally, and she finds herself on the run. She teams up with Flynn, a depressed security officer, and the interactions between them actually make most of the success in the novel for me, in terms of characterization.
As a note, KTAH is an extremely graphic work, and is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18. That said, for those of us over 18, the level of violence is described to almost Post-Tarantino levels of hilarity, where something that really shouldn’t be laughable is made hilarious just by circumstance or setting.
KTAH has an extremely rich world that has been made for it, and despite it being very weird, this actually works in its favor. It is sometimes hard to get into, but once you’re in its world, it feels very hard to leave and come back to earth. This novel is claimed to be the first in a series, and I’m glad about that, because there is so much that can be done, but what I really hope is that more of the future Earth is described and examined, because it’s there that the real magic was made for me.
If you’re looking for an extremely weird, action pack futuristic novel, you could do a lot worse than KTAH.