Book Reviews

Kings of this World by Peter Bailey

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Calling all Sci-Fi enthusiasts! This new release from Peter Bailey should be right up your alley!

Goodreads synopsis:

35589760Matthew is just trying to hold the wreckage of his life together after his girlfriend left him for another woman. A chance to review a West End play seems like a lucky break, until it turns into an X-rated nightmare. The next day London tears itself apart, people make love in the streets and kill each other over a dirty sandwich. Overnight everything changes, the city is very quiet, people smile and nod, but what they smile and nod at is only visible to them. The only other normal person is Jeremy, sarcastic, intelligent and frequently wrong. Together they form an uneasy alliance that lasts until cone shaped aliens land and begin harvesting people like wheat. The last two survivors in London begin a desperate search for a way to stop the aliens before it’s their turn, unaware that millions of people have already killed themselves to give them the perfect weapon. Will Matthew and Jeremy realize the weapon they have been given before its too late?


Matthew wakes up one morning and realizes that everyone around him has gone batshit crazy. Their IQ has dropped, fights break out in the streets, and it seems like the entire London population has gone cray-cray. But like most Sci-Fi novels, he takes quite some time figuring this out. For the first few chapters, he’s just like “hmm, I wonder what’s up with these people”. Really, Matthew? There are people doing it on the streets and you still don’t realize that something major has happened?


Several chapters later, Matthew realizes that something is off. He figures out that every person has been turned into a docile creature who needs to be given commands to do the most basic human functions like eating and taking a dump. He teams up with another Londoner, Jeremy, who hasn’t gone Stupid (that’s what they call the others) and they try to save the world from cone-shaped space monsters who want to make the human species their slaves.

The writing is neat and the plot is definitely of the what-were-you-smoking-when-you-wrote-this variety. It would’ve been brilliant if the characters had shown some development while they were saving the world, but I guess they were too busy surviving. There’s a twist in the end of this story that you’ll never see coming, but it’s an entirely possible outcome of this icky situation.

This story is definitely unique and I appreciate the author for going off the beaten path when it comes to Sci-Fi. Read this book if you like science fiction, fantasy, and thrillers!

Rating: 4 out of 5


What did you think of my review? Would you read this book? Let me know in the comments!

~ Shruti

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8 thoughts on “Kings of this World by Peter Bailey

  1. Whoa! Sounds cool! I really have a shortage of sci-fi novels to read, these days, and this seems different from usual sci-fi novels (yet in context with the genre)๐Ÿ˜€

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