Much like (the sensational) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers fuels You Shall Know Our Velocity with hyperkinetic energy that kind of almost very nearly makes a reader forget for a second about the sadness inherent to the writer’s work. With a time-sensitive premise – two twentysomethings have one week to give away $32,000 while traveling around the world – that sets things in motion at an On the Road-reminiscent pace, Eggers immediately thrusts the reader into the plot. Hi. Here. This happens. Go.

What I enjoy about Eggers is that he clearly trusts a reader. Or maybe it’s that he doesn’t care about whether the reader wants to pull over to the side of the road and review a couple of cloudy point. Whatever it is, there is a sense that there’s not enough time to fit every little thing you need to know in, but the story will make more than enough sense if you just go with it and take in the expeirence. And that’s the case with Velocity. Why question it? Just go.

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