In this political satire-thriller, we follow a government official, an exiled influencer, and a burned-out delivery driver, living through a culture obsessed presidency that signs the policy toKill the Rich.
The year is 2038, America’s new President won with a simple, snappy campaign slogan: Kill The Rich.Now in office, his administration kicks off with a televised public hanging of Kim Kardashian, whose lip kits have poisoned a working-class city.
The execution sets three very different people on a collision course that will change the nation forever. Jay, a senior adviser and best friend to the President, is hyper-focused on finding the next billionaire head to roll. Chloe, an influencer living in Russian exile, is willing to do anything to get her life of luxury back. Sasha, a burned-out pizza delivery driver, is desperate to find her missing brother.
Their stories converge in a cryptocurrency-fueled secessionist city in the Nevada desert where they must come together to thwart an insurrection by the internet-poisoned, meme-obsessed, richest man in the world.
Jack Allison is a WGA Award-Winning writer based in Los Angeles. He has written for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, and Funny Or Die. He is the co-host of the pop culture podcast Struggle Session. Kill The Rich is his debut novel.
Kate Shapiro is a Miami-based writer. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She won first place in the Summer Literary Seminars 2018 Fiction Contest. Her work can be seen in Fence, X-R-A-Y, and Interim. Kill The Rich is her debut novel.
“Kill the Rich is like a portrayal of what remains after the third horse of the apocalypse gets lost during a coke binge while documenting its journey through the desert wilderness for its Insta feed. The novel rides easily between farce and satire by savaging the absurdities of our moment, both culturally and politically, and takes us on a ride through the nightmare landscape we worry lurks around the corner. Only writers with comic vision and guts like Allison and Shapiro could get us to the end of this tale.” -Joe Milan Jr., author of The All-American
“Funny, sharp as hell." —Adam McKay, director of Don't Look Up and The Big Short
“Crafting great dystopian fiction is a task that seems nearly impossible in our dystopian, fake-seeming world, but Allison and Shapiro have managed to do just that. Gripping, hilarious, and brimming with humanity. The fact that it all feels so authentic, plausible, and downright subtle is the book’s most unsettling victory.” —Jason Woliner, director of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm and Paul T. Goldman
"Kill the Rich is a hilarious hell ride through what feels like an increasingly possible future. Kate and Jack portray a world steeped in biting absurdism—one which can easily be recognized as an outgrowth of present day reality." —Mira Gonzalez, author of i will never be beautiful enough to make us beautiful together