Review: Sacrificial Lamb Cake

Reasons for Inclusion: Lesbian protagonist

Publisher’s Summary:  Rain Johnson escaped the insanity of her radical environmentalist family, only to end up waitressing for a living. Her scale of success—with her at the bottom—only goes as high as that college degree she never got, until she gets one hell of an epiphany from a Trinity Corporation public-relations guy who calls himself Jude. He tells her she’s the Lamb of God, and it’s time for that whole Second Coming thing. But when her first minor miracle gets her arrested and an ecoterrorist using the name Messiah starts blowing up pesticide plants, Rain and Judas are in for way more apocalypse than either of them expected.

Jude scrambles to save his personal plan for salvation, but Lucy, the devil herself, has her own well-laid plans. It doesn’t matter that Rain’s a conflict-avoiding lesbian and Jude is history’s worst traitor. They’re all that stands between humanity and an end of the world that wasn’t supposed to happen.

My Review:

(4/5 stars)

“I don’t even like people, Rain thought, and now I’m supposed to be their savior”

Very good and a lot of slightly creepy fun.

The opening, with “G” as the CEO of a multi-dimensional corporation really sets the scene: epic Biblical events taking place within the framework of the mundane and slightly absurd modern world.

Rain, a lesbian waitress who’s pretty sick of the world by now, is a very enjoyable character. Her reactions to being told she’s the Second Coming are as realistic as such a thing can be.
World-weary (or death-weary) Judas is equally fun. The side characters are interesting, and I can’t help but love the fact that Lucifer is now a woman- appropriately named “Lucy.”

I thought the book was less of a commentary on extremism (except for the parts about Rain’s batshit family) and more of a humorous take on “what if the Apocalypse happened in modern American society with mass media, bakeries, and law enforcement” but that doesn’t take away from it at all.

(ARC received through Netgalley)

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