There’s nothing hotter in the entertainment industry these days than trying to find the next Twilight or The Hunger Games franchise. That’s why everyone with a working keyboard and a 3rd-grade reading comprehension is trying to come up with some sort of futuristic, dystopian story that involves attractive teenagers and 20-somethings saving the world from evil adult humans/monsters. Every author, from Veronica Roth to those girls who write the centaur erotica on Amazon, is trying to get a piece of the proverbial pie, and now they’re going to have to step aside for the writing game’s newest stars – Kylie and Kendall Jenner.
Despite being home-schooled by Kris Jenner and hopefully some qualified tutors, Kim Kardashian’s half-sisters are way ahead of their peers in terms of both ambition and half-boob, so it shouldn’t shock anyone that they’ve jumped headfirst into the young adult novel genre with their first book, Rebels: City of Indra: The Story of Lex and Livia. That’s right – two colons in the title. That’s how you know they’re serious. So what, then, is this story about? My guess is that it’s about the discovery of an alien technology that allows whomever controls it to release the most powerful sex tape ever made, but when that tape falls into the wrong hands…
Okay, seriously, what’s it about?
Kendall and Kylie Jenner, stars on the hit reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, present their debut novel—a thrilling dystopian story about two super-powered girls who embark on a journey together.
Two cities… Two girls… A shared destiny…
In a world of the far future, the great city of Indra has two faces: a beautiful paradise floating high in the sky, and a nightmare world of poverty carved into tunnels beneath the surface of the earth. Kendall and Kylie Jenner, the youngest sisters in the Kardashian dynasty, have written a gripping tale of air, fire, and a bond of blood.
Rich people living in paradise in the sky while poor people fester and die beneath. Groundbreaking. Unfortunately, while the Jenner sisters made their media rounds to promote this new book yesterday, with Kendall wearing a new piece from her “I’ve Got Two Reasons Why You’ll Buy This” collection, some people were making bold, disturbing and certainly unexpected claims that the Jenner sisters did not, in fact, write this book themselves. If I hadn’t broken my last five monocles because of Jupiter Ascending being bumped, I’d certainly have shattered one here.
Kendall and Kylie Jenner are the names above the title on the new novel “Rebels: City of Indra,” though the youngest members of the Kardashian clan didn’t write it by all themselves (if they even wrote any of it).
An inside page acknowledges that their manager, Elizabeth Killmond-Roman, worked on the book. And she brought in a co-writer, Maya Sloan, who has a few young adult titles under her belt.
Four people to write one YA novel with a shopworn plot? Well, we are talking about the Jenners. (Via the NY Daily News)
In a far less detailed complaint:
I don’t even think they read. That’s what annoys me the most. Maybe this is just another way to expand the Kardashian franchise, to create expensive products that just their devoted fans buy.
No one actually thinks they wrote this, right? I want to see what caliber of ghost writer they hired.
And then there are the Amazon reviews, oh lord, the Amazon reviews. Granted, Internet comments are no way to fully gauge the quality of someone’s work (if that were the case, I’d have 10 Pulitzers), but they’re a good start.
There is no way they actually wrote this book. I’m sure they hired a top notch ghost writer. Even the ghost writer wasn’t able to make their ideas into a palatable plot and story. Can’t believe I took the time to read this.
I read this to have a laugh. Awful book, no plot development, character development-what the heck? Sorry pretty little girls-stick to what you do best, posing for selfies and shopping.
I have to agree with what everyone is saying. I watched them on TV today quickly evading the question about what the book was about and their writing process. If they wrote the book, they need to make a strong press statement saying that they did. Otherwise, the ratings will continue to reflect one and two stars.
There is no chance they even cobbled together one sentence of this disgrace. Sad that there are actual, talented writers trying to be published.
God, how i wish i hadn’t read this. I feel so bad for the one hour of my life that i am never getting back. I really wanted to give this book a chance and not judge it just because of the so-called “authors” but dear god, what the heck is this? I can’t believe this trash actually got published. The story is nonsense, the character development is poor, the plot points are ridiculous and the scenes are all over the place. There doesn’t seem to be a connection between one sentence and the next. I could not get past the fifth chapter, by then my head was pounding. I directly skipped to the last chapter and what i read ominously points towards a sequel….i really hope not.
My young niece is obsessed with the Kardashians (no comment!) and insisted that this book was what she wanted for her birthday. She gave up after about half the book saying she didn’t like it and out of curiosity, I had a cursory read. Rarely have I read such dross. I assume from the four person author credit that two ghost writers were involved – hardly a surprise – but if you are going to hire ghost writers, at least hire good ones. This book is an insult to authors and aspiring authors everywhere – dreadful dialogue, no plot or character development and a nonsense tale that appears to have drawn heavy inspiration from several well-known and acclaimed dystopian/YA novels. If the Jenner girls were not famous, then this rubbish would never have made it on to the shelves. Don’t waste your money on this farce of a novel.
As an aspiring writer, it’s particularly upsetting to see these girls get published when they clearly hired someone else to write this book for them. The writing was dry, bland, and tedious. The plotline has been used many, many times before. I’m not buying into this “book” just because the older sister of the “authors” made a sex tape. I can’t stand to see the literary world corrupted by the Kardashian-Jenner industry. Much like their reality show, endless selfies on Instagram, magazine covers, tweets, and interviews, this book isn’t worth your time.
So on and so forth, until the end of time, I presume. Because I believe in being a thorough critic and cultural scientist (trademark pending on this made-up profession), I am going to give Waldo a rest and read Rebels: City of Indra this week and file my own review and Amazon comment so that the public will have someone whose opinion they can trust. It’s like the Taco Bell breakfast menu, except now it’s my brain that won’t digest for two days.