Going Bovine by Libba Bray is about a boy named Cameron who is kind of a loser. He's one of those I'm-just-going-to-sit-around-and-not-do-anything types. He has a set of normal parents, who don't really understand him, and a twin sister who's his polar opposite. About 80 pages in, Cameron finds out he has Mad Cow disease. Only, he doesn't really have mad cow disease. His brain is being attacked by alien prions that came through this portal that this scientist named Dr. X left open. The universe is about to combust from the dark matter, and Cameron is about to die. To save himself, and everyone else, he has to go find Dr. X. He's told all this by a punk rock angel named Dulcie. So, Cameron sets out on his journey to save the universe with his new best friend Gonzo, a very short dude who's afraid of everything. On his journey he encounters CESSNAB (a Utopian church dedicated to bowling and vanilla smoothies), a garden gnome named Balder who is actually a Norse God in disguise, a dead jazz musician, fire giants, the wizard of reckoning, an MTV-esque beach party, and a company that sells snow globes and wants to turn everyone into a snow globe. The book was a psychedelic road trip, and an overall good, if not strange, read.
You also might want to check out this video of Libba Bray talking about her book.
The ISBN number is: 978-0385733977 and the price is: $17.99. published 2009
Review by E. Roohi -