Author: Pete Hautman
Genre: Young Adult
“Fed up with his parents’ boring old religion, agnostic-going-on-atheist Jason Bock invents a new god — the town’s water tower. He recruits an unlikely group of worshippers: his snail-farming best friend, Shin, cute-as-a-button (whatever that means) Magda Price, and the violent and unpredictable Henry Stagg. As their religion grows, it takes on a life of its own. While Jason struggles to keep the faith pure, Shin obsesses over writing their bible, and the explosive Henry schemes to make the new faith even more exciting — and dangerous.
When the Chutengodians hold their first ceremony high atop the dome of the water tower, things quickly go from merely dangerous to terrifying and deadly. Jason soon realizes that inventing a religion is a lot easier than controlling it, but control it he must, before his creation destroys both his friends and himself.”
- Basically nothing, other than I didn’t like how shitty things went for Jason.
- I really love this book. I loved it when I first read it and it’s just as good rereading it. I connect with it deeply.
- It’s written well. You really feel like you’re there, even if it’s set in the summer time and you’re reading in your house than ran out of propane and is not currently being heated.
- Jason is a great character. Well-rounded and realistic.
- Just every part of it is fantastic. I’m sure that theists as a whole are probably less amused with it, but as an atheist, it was easy to relate to and funny.
Would I recommend it?:
YES! Not really much more to say. I love this book and want everyone else to love it.