So, let me start off by saying that I love Killer Pizza, but not in the same way I love Winger and More Than This. I love More Than This because it is written in such a way that intrigues the reader and also perplexes them. I love Winger because it’s writing is levity and its jokes were funny. I love Killer Pizza because it is very ironically funny. Winger is meant to be a book that is full of jokes and Killer Pizza may be the same thing, but that way it is portrayed makes it seem ironic.
Toby McGill dreams of becoming a world-famous chef, but up until now, his only experience has been watching the Food Network. When Toby lands a summer job at Killer Pizza, where pies like The Monstrosity and The Frankensausage are on the menu, things seem perfect. His coworkers, Annabel and Strobe, are cool, and Toby loves being part of a team. But none of them are prepared for what’s really going on at Killer Pizza: It’s a front for a monster-hunting organization!
Learning to cook pizzas is one thing, but killing hideously terrifying monsters? That’s a whole other story. Still, if Toby quits Killer Pizza, will monsters take over his town?
This book is odd, it’s the first book I’ve read that has been written this way. It isn’t pretty writing, especially in the beginning, but it’s fun writing, if that makes any sense. I don’t enjoy books like How To Hang a Witch because certain things in the book are annoying or just not well fleshed out. Killer Pizza may not have the best writing, but it has a fun plot and exciting characters. I enjoy Killer Pizza like how I would enjoy watching a good comedy.
As far as story goes, Killer Pizza has an average one. The plot does not progress in the best way. At the beginning of the book, the plot speeds by absolutely everything and by the fourth chapter, two people have been attacked by a mysterious creature, and the chapters in the beginning are pretty short too. The plot slows down as the story continues however, so it isn’t entirely bad.
In turn, the action in Killer Pizza is amazing. The fight scenes get you riled up and even the fight at the end has you holding your breath. Each fight has consequences, which is what I love the most. In certain action anime, it seems like the main characters will always live with no problems, so you never have to worry if there is a gigantic boss that looks intimidating. After each battle, Toby, Strobe, and Annabel all get injured, it’s not permanent, but it’s definitely a step up from characters not getting hurt at all in difficult battles.
For characters, Toby is the one the shines as the most unique and fun. He isn’t your average main character, and he also isn’t a leader type either. He isn’t an annoying lame character and he isn’t supercilious and perfect either. He is an equal mix of both, and he makes this book in my opinion. His partners, Annabel and Strobe, are a different story. Strobe is too rushed in this story, he is dark and bruiting (of course) and his sad backstory just comes out of nowhere. Annabel is perfect at everything she does and seems like the very definition of perfect. As for Steve and Harvey, they are fun characters that I enjoyed reading about.
There isn’t much to say about the setting. It isn’t very vivid and it is often brushed over to make space for the action and the character interactions.
Rating for Killer Pizza: 8/10
Finally, from what I’ve just written and what I rated this book, it seems like I have two different opinions. Well, the reason I’ve given this book an 8 because of what I talked about earlier. I love this book not because of the wonderful writing and plot, but because the premise is odd and eye catching and the story itself is hilarious to read. I recommend this book if you are just looking for a fun read.
This was a library book… so I may not have gotten a quote…