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Going Bovine - Libba Bray Cameron Smith is a middle-class teenage slacker/stoner whose self-described sucky life becomes even suckier when, following a couple of episodes of seizure and hallucination, he is diagnosed with the fatal Cruetzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Cameron is hospitalized when he is visited by an pink-haired combat-booted angel named Dulcie who sends him on a mission to find a physicist called Dr. X to save his life - and the world. Escaping the hospital with his new wingman, hypochondriac gamer dwarf Gonzo, Cameron hits the road, following a series of random clues which take him from Texas to Florida and teach him some big lessons about what it means to live.
Author Libba Bray is known for her best-selling Gemma Doyle trilogy, which takes place in a Victorian-era boarding school and a veiled other world. While many reviews remark on the differences between Bray's works, the writing style - particularly sort-of uneven dialog and abrupt endings - and shared themes of friendship, other worlds, choices, and the inter-connectivity of things, mark her works as very Libba Bray. That said, Bray puts her dark sense of humor much more on display in this novel. She has a knack for renaming things (the mythical band in the novel disappears at the Concert for Peace and Against Non-Peace and Generally Being Not-Nice) and making sarcastic characterizations that make you laugh in agreement.