I loved Breathers. Found myself telling others about it, long after I turned that last page (those poor people in the elevator but that's another story). An absolute brilliant take on an overexposed topic. Fated- absolutely equally entertaining. SG Browne is going to be a writer to watch- in the same vein as Christopher Moore or Chuck Palahniuk- his writing so quick and witty. Fated had it all; a great hook, a decent hero, a believable storyline.
Back of Book:
Over the past few thousand years, Fabio has come to hate his job. As Fate, he's in charge of assigning the fortunes and misfortunes that befall most of the human race-the 83% who keep screwing things up. Frustrated with his endless parade of drug addicts and career politicians, Fate has to watch Destiny guide her people to Nobel Peace Prizes and Super Bowl MVPs. To make matters worse, he has a five-hundred-year-old feud with Death, and his best friends are Sloth and Gluttony. And worst of all? He's fallen in love with a human. Getting involved with a human breaks Rule #1, and about ten others, setting off some cosmic-sized repercussions that could strip him of his immortality-or lead to a fate worse than death.
Main character Fabio is losing his mojo- his ability to care for his charges. Just once he'd like to watch a single person make the right choice. To turn their back on their path and do a little good in the world. But his folks never achieve greatness- he spends his days "dealing with child molesters and chronic consumers and more than five-and-a-half billion screw-ups," While Destiny's humans are perfect, they "can still make mistakes, but we're talking two Oscars instead of three." Fed-up, Fabio starts to change the rules. An invention here, a tweak there and soon the human race isn't quite the cesspool it was before. Made even worse he soon falls for his New York neighbor, Sara Griffen. Falling for a human is absolutely forbidden by the Big Guy. But Fabio can't seem to help himself.
Browne has such a dry sense of humor you'll find yourself laughing and marveling all at the same time. If I have any critsicim- at times the storyline was a little slow and the book easy to put down. But the ending more than makes the read worth finishing.