Meltdown by Ben Elton – Book Review

I love it when you’re in an op shop and you come across a book you’ve not seen before by an author whose work you’ve always enjoyed. It’s less good when you read the book and cannot quite figure out what the point of it is.

Meltdown is Ben Elton’s take on the financial crisis, following a bunch of folks who met in college and went into various careers where they were able to make a whole heap of cash. Then, when things went wrong, their lives and friendships are tested.

I think the reason I didn’t like this book was that the characters are painted as such unlikable wankers that I had no sympathy for them when things go wrong.  Plus, it was really repetitive, and I just wanted it to end. It’s annoying, because I recently read Two Brothers by Ben Elton, and that was wonderful, and he has written other absolute gems, and so when I find one that I don’t like, I’m deeply disappointed.