Review: Grand Theft Octo by Niels Saunders

Grand Theft OctoTitle: Grand Theft Octo

Author: Niels Saunders

Pages: 191 Pages

Publisher: Niels Saunders

The Blurb

When Jonathan Doe is fired from his office job for stealing too much stationery, he becomes an entrepreneur of businesses the world has never seen. After a disastrous start at freelance taxidermy, he moves onto professional octopus teasing. Will he fail again or make his fortune? Is he really a professional or just a con artist? Desperate to succeed, his plans become more outlandish, from stealing theme park mascots at gunpoint to fighting deranged restaurant tycoons. As the enemies he makes seek revenge, both his life and business are threatened, until his world spirals into mayhem and violence. Set in the fictional city of Vestibue, England, Grand Theft Octo is a wild and hilarious ride that strikes at the heart of aspirational culture.

The Review

What the actual eff have I just read?

Grand Theft Octo is a very strange book which seems to have little purpose to get from beginning to end. It really has no clear narrative path to reach a goal.

It is similar in style to Youth in Revolt and Jonathan Doe seems to be a similar character to Nick Twisp. I didn’t enjoy Youth in Revolt and I didn’t enjoy Grand Theft Octo.

This is 191 pages of my reading life that I will never get back. Sad times.

Grand Theft Octo by Niels Saunders is available now.

For more information regarding Niels Saunders (@Nielzor) please visit

1 star

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