Review – Beauty Queens
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  • April 11, 2011

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray was the perfect book to read as a follow-up to City of Fallen Angels; not too hard and not too soft. Wait, strike that, very soft. Very fun – it’s satire after all.

A plane of contestants from the Miss Teen Dream Beauty Pageant has gone down in the ocean, the inhabitants washing up on an island paradise. They are all determined to maintain the pageant perfection, spurred on by the spunky Taylor Renee Krystal Hawkins…from Texas, of course! Adina Greenberg, the pageant hopeful who joined to take the organization down, is dubious with this course of action. She thinks they need to prioritize things like food gathering, hut building, and finding fresh sources of water…not Taylor’s platform of perfecting dance moves, the elbow-arm-smile wave, and imminent body hair removal. Elsewhere on the island there is a fortress built by The Corporation, a commercial giant responsible for…well, damn near everything in this book. And they are determined to kill the girls for financial gain. Trouble in paradise has become more than a mere turn of phrase.

Libba Bray clearly had fun writing this one. It shows. The narrative is set up in a steeplechase format with story interspersed. Bray also adds profiles, commercial scripted dialogues, notations, product placement, classified files, applications, and other various sillies. Bray pretty much spends the whole book making fun of…well, damn near everything from Fabio to boy bands to international terrorism to female socialization to James Bond to super villains to…yeah, pretty much everything. It’s Parody! It’s Lord of the Flies meets glamazons! It’s silly as all hell, and it’s so much fun.

5 out of 5 stars. It’s my favourite of her books.

– BP

* Beauty Queens releases May 24th, 2011.

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