Book Review: Kevin Wilson’s Now is Not the Time to Panic

Now Is Not the Time to PanicNow Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked ‘Nothing to See Here’ enough that I was definitely keen to read more. I find Wilson a very interesting writer. The narration is readable, funny and engaging, and he seems to take a great idea and then run with it. Case in point: this book. It feels like it came out of a central idea (no spoilers here) and Wilson created a world around it: a past, present and future, quirky characters, details and consequences. I thought it was very skilful how he portrays a particular moment in time, while contrasting it with today (for example in how the story played out in a pre-social media world). He has a lot to say, about moral panic, about the spreading of ideas, about anonymity and a lack of it, about the consequences on people’s lives, and yet all stealthily deployed in a lively narrative. Recommended.

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