Alternate universe accommodates food-obsessed, obese futuristic society

Robin Farrell Edmunds

By A Contributor

Molly Summers is a gal who loves her chocolate. While working as a security guard at a factory where a particular candy is poisoned, the lead investigator points out that Molly had easy access to commit the crime.

“Easy access but no motive,” she tells him. “I consider Godiva and Hershey saints and chocolate to be the food of the gods.”

Welcome to the 24th century, when overweight earthlings can travel to the moon and live in an atmosphere where they weigh nearly five times less than their actual weight.

It’s heaven at first for the Neil Armstrong University-bound Molly and her heavy-set boyfriend, Drew, but they soon break up when another girl comes between them.

Life goes on for Molly as readers soon learn she married, is the mother of twin 15-year-old daughters working security for the Culinary Institute of Mars where the big question is why someone would want to sabotage the popular candy, Chocolate Moons. With the help of her Martian best friend, Jersey, and Jersey’s husband, the half-human, half-machine, Trenton, Molly tries to solve this mystery.

Kingon is a teacher, artist and writer who’s had several short stories published, as well as articles in The New York Times.

This rollicking, whimsical, tongue-in-cheek science fiction-esque story is her debut novel.

The book is reminiscent of the futuristic movies “Total Recall” and “The Fifth Element,” in addition to an unhealthy dollop of Betty Crocker.

Food is ever-present and ever discussed in this alternate universe. Molly’s thoughts and feelings are always associated with food: “I feel as light as a whipped egg white in a floating island dessert.”

Numerous characters populate the story, attesting to the fun the author had in naming them: the mafia-like Roderick “Rocket” Packarod, his thug Pluto and his moll, Breezy Point, and Sandy Andreas, president and CEO of Congress Drugs.

Molly seemingly tells the story in first person in present tense; however, it gets a little ambiguous because it appears as though she’s an omnipotent narrator as well. However, readers may overlook this and focus on the multitude of pop culture tie-ins the author purposely mangles.

For instance, two of the news ladies mentioned are Barbara Bottled Waters and Katy Catty.

Those who like unusual stories served with a dose of humor will enjoy Molly’s out of this world adventures. Watch for little details tucked in, such as the palm reader, a futuristic communications devise, which is literally implanted in the palms of people’s hands.

The book’s cover is engaging: it’s a profile depicting the main character, mouth tantalizingly open, ready to plop in a chocolate moon candy.

A darkened outer space is the background, replete with a crescent moon, several stars and Saturn and its rings.

The dialogue between the characters is fresh, as in this exchange between Molly and Jersey. Molly decides to order brownies to go. “Maybe I’ll take the order out and save them for later.”

Replies her friend: “Ha, with you and chocolate, there is no ‘later!’”

Robin Edmunds is a media clerk at Lee Elementary School and a Manhattan resident.

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