Adult, Fiction, Suspense/Thriller

Review: So Say the Waiters Episodes 6-9 by Justin Sirois

 

So Say the Waiters Episodes 6-9 book cover
Image from Justin Sirois; used by permission

Title: So Say the Waiters Episodes 6-9 (So Say the Waiters #2)

Author: Justin Sirois

Genre: Thriller

WARNING: This book is second in a series, so this review will probably contain spoilers of the first book. I recommend not reading this review if you haven’t read the first book, So Say the Waiters Episodes 1-5.

While Henry and Dani become accomplished kidnAppers, it’s Glen Haymaker, one of the company’s co-founders, who is stealing the show—and maybe more. He is more concerned about the public spectacle and becoming a celebrity within the network than sticking to the company’s ethics. If So Say the Waiters Book 1 made you question what you might do with the power of kidnApp, book 2 will scare you into realizing the creators and administrators of these apps live in a world between worlds. Haymaker, through his dazzling manipulation, will push that power to its very limits.

After the awesomeness of So Say the Waiters Episodes 1-5 (and the general awesomeness of the kidnApp idea in general), when Justin Sirois offered me a copy of this book, I said “heck yeah!”

Henry is getting better as the series goes on. He’s mostly gotten over that breakup he was struggling with last book (thankfully). And while he’s not confident by any stretch of the imagination, he’s not reticent and unsure like he was last book. I’m looking forward to the day when he’s a confident Taker.

Dani is Henry’s exact opposite, which is probably why they’re so fun together. Dani is not cautious, not shy, not hesitant and probably not exactly sane (or maybe just not sober, depending on how you look at it). She has a wild, crazy, just-want-to-have-fun-and-heck-with-the-consequences attitude that contrasts strongly with Henry. It’ll be fun when she becomes a Taker on her own – I’m curious to see how her popularity will stack up.

So, there’s a lot of characters in this book. Some barely-mentioned ones from the first book show up with a vengeance (not literally). And Haymaker and Barnstormer, two Takers, also featured pretty big at the end – I think they may be important in future books.

At the beginning of the book, there was a lot of sexual innuendo. A lot. Up to the point where I thought, “Is this going to be the first review book ever that I couldn’t finish?” But thankfully, once I powered through the first chapter, it was no more than I’ve come to expect from the So Say the Waiters series – some, but not enough to make me want to stop reading.

Once again, this was a different kind of plot. There were no “disasters” or climaxes or everything you hear about in story structure class. There isn’t even really an identifiable bad guy. But somehow, Henry and Dani’s exciting (and slightly strange) adventures kept me interested. Or maybe it was the epicness of the idea of kidnApp – I so wish it was a real thing.

Whatever it was that kept me interested, I enjoyed this book. I’m curious to see where the plot goes from here – and I’d like to see how Henry and Dani grow. So whenever the next installment comes out, count me in.

I received a free review copy of So Say the Waiters Episodes 6-9 from the author. His generosity in no way influenced, or sought to influence, this review.

The So Say the Waiters series:

  1. So Say the Waiters Episodes 1-5
  2. So Say the Waiters Episodes 6-9
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