The dose makes the poison. While the world and story are adequately crafted, this book on particular seems to rely a little too heavily on pop culture references and current events. While the story is self-aware, that only makes up for so much. Past books utilized the occasional reference, but this title constrains toxic concentrations. They date the story and diminish its value and frankly it does not really make sense that the characters would have been able to make some of them considering how fresh they are temporally and the state of the world in the story.

All rants aside, the story, humor, and characters remain otherwise consistent with the rest of the author’s work. If you enjoyed their previous titles you will enjoy this one. However​, I would not hold up this title as representative of the rest of the author’s works.