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The author of I Love You, Beth Cooper returns with an ingenious contemporary satire set in an alternate universe populated by the aliens, mutants, and atomic monsters of B-movie legend.

It came to Earth . . . and now its spawn goes to high school.

Earth has survived repeated alien invasions, attacks by hordes of mutants, and the ravages of ancient beasts brought back to life. Now we're in the blissful future...for most.

J!m, the son of the alien who nearly destroyed the planet, is a brooding, megacephalic rebel with a big forehead and exceptionally oily skin. Along with Johnny, a radioactive biker ape, and Jelly, a gelatinous mass passing as a fat kid, J!m navigates a particularly unpleasant adolescence in which he really is as alienated as he feels, the world might actually be out to get him, and true love is complicated by misunderstanding and incompatible parts. As harmless school antics escalate into explosive events with tragic consequences, J!m makes a discovery that will alter the course of civilization, though it may help his dating life.

Replete with all the rock 'n' roll, hot-rod racing, and heavy petting of classic teen cinema—and packed with famous film-monster cameos—Go, Mutants! is fun strapped to an atomic rocket, and Doyle's deadpan delivery and razor-sharp wit will have you laughing out loud before he even starts the ignition sequence.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Combines campy 1950s horror and sci-fi flicks with Rebel Without a Cause-like teen angst [a] silly, amusing pop-culture mash up.” 

    New York Post

  • “In part a loving homage to and in part a send-up of ‘50s sci-fi, “Go, Mutants!” is one of the funniest books of the summer.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Every page overflows with jokes.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Very funny…Go, Mutants! moves at faster-than-light speed. If Earth ever needs an Interplanetary Humor Ambassador, Larry Doyle’s the guy.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Incredibly inventive…A singularly original work that wears its inspired mutant heart on its sleeve and its advanced alien brain on its funny bone…Go, Mutants! illuminates both a past worth remembering and a future worth looking forward to.”  

    Retrospective Magazine

  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Eleanor | 4/10/2011

    " This book was quite a witty play on the horror movies of the fifties and sixties as a base for an alternate universe "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Keith | 10/29/2010

    " A little slow to get off the ground, it was a boring backdrop that setup some great one-liners until about halfway through. After that my love of B movies kicked in and I quickly devoured the rest of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynn | 9/20/2010

    " Having fun reading this mashup of 50s SciFi B-movies/Rebel Without a Cause and The Simpsons. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Eric | 9/5/2010

    " I was expecting wit of the caliber of Lost Skeleton of Cadavra and did not get it. Underwhelming. And kind of sophomoric. "

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About the Author
Author Larry Doyle

Larry Doyle, a former writer for The Simpsons, works in show biz, and writes funny things for the New Yorker. He goes by thelarrydoyle on Facebook, Twitter, and in real life. Too much information about him is available at larrydoyle.com. He lives outside Baltimore with his wife, Becky, their three children, and one dog—until it dies, and then no more dogs, according to his wife.