While on a food run, 11-year-old twins Axl and Ivan find themselves in an apocalyptic world run by hives of replicator bees.
When their mother sends them on a post-midnight snack run to feed the hungry middle school theater crew preparing for the next day’s dress rehearsal of Brigadoon, Axl and Ivan aren’t too excited to go to McDonald’s, as they believe it is not Scottish enough. However, they depart from the theme even further when they are forced to settle for tacos since the Taco Bear drive-thru is the only place they find open. Soon, they realize the tacos are more alive than they hoped and find themselves in a reality with the same consistency as a tub of nacho cheese. When they encounter Wendy, a library school student who initially has the form of a tangled mass of arms, they learn that in an attempt to solve world hunger, one of her bioengineer roommates created replicator bees that have made the world their hive, from which the gang must escape with the help of a windshield scraper. Hale positively revels in the weirdness of his premise. The two-color orange palette he uses adds to the surrealistic feeling of the illustrations, the cheesy ooziness of which could trigger any trypophobic. Axl and Ivan have dark skin, and Wendy presents Asian.
A well-balanced mix of sci-fi, horror, and humor. (Graphic science fiction. 10-14)