Book Review: Get Katja

Katja decides that things can’t get anymore f*cked up. Of course, she’d had thought the same thought not long ago — before the mad surgeon, the sweaty cop, and the gang of hoodlum transvestites — so what did she know? 

Get Katja by Simon Logan is a science-fiction punk rock story. Logan is the author of the short story collections I-ORohypnol Brides, and Nothing is Inflammable. He has also written the industrial fiction novels Pretty Little Things To Fill Up the Void, and the previous Katja book Katja From The Punk Band.

Get Katja is a wild ride in a day in the life of punk band guitarist and vocalist Katja. Katja is pretty clueless about what is happening. Lady Delicious wants the money the band owes her from a loan band mate Nikolai. Katja is not surprised as Nikolai is a drug addict and that’s the reason he’s not in the band anymore. Lady Delicious wants her money and doesn’t care because the loan is made in the band’s name. She takes Katja guitar as collateral until the band is paid for that night’s gig. Irritated but unable to do anything else Katja leaves planning to return that night.

DeBoer is a detective who is a bad gambler and ends up owing Frank money. Unable to come up with the money he finds out that Katja is wanted and decides to capture her as part of his debt payment. DeBoer has a run in with a pink haired nurse after capturing Katja that leaves him passed out on the pavement. Katja wakes up strapped to a hospital bed.

Get Katja is fast moving, interesting, confusing, and a book you do not want to put down. It can best be described as a novelization of a graphic novel. It has that type of story line and feel. Get Katja moves back and forth in time. When one chapter ends, a new one starts from a different character’s perspective. All the characters’ stories intertwine with the other characters. There is an intricate maze of connections throughout the book. Everyone wants Katja and Katja just wants to play music.

Get Katja is a fun weekend read. It provides plenty of escape and a heavily caffeinated story. It will never be classic literature, but it is one hell of a ride.

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