I must have read a completely different book to the other reviewers. The lead character was one of the most irritating I have ever read. I kind of got that it was probably deliberate by the author - perhaps attempted irony but for me it didnt work at all. I guess that the author was trying to be funny but god, it was lame.
Basically the book consists of some fairly minor disasters (considering almost the entire population is gone) where the main character does nothing except look for cake. Does the author have issues with food?? The actual crisis was probably one of the most unrealistic I have ever read - civilization ends and they go bowling and eat chips - this isnt a statement though as the lead character seems to think it will all somehow work out all right. As long as he has cake and can go bowling, all is right with the world. Not realistic which is ok if author was going for some kind of statement. I really dont know what the author was trying to say - "stockbrokers are completely useless for anything worthwhile but like crap, tend to float to the top even when flushed??" - maybe that works as a theme.
Post apocalyptic is one of my favourite genres and I have read a LOT but this one was a major let-down.
This book was not witty, cute, exciting or anything that I look for in a good book. Dont think I will bother with the next one.
(review of free book)