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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
In Doctor Refurb by Marty Essen, after going through a divorce and finally learning how to get on with his life, Dr. Stefan Westin begins dating Tara, the woman who walked his dog. After a long day working at the hospital, Dr. Westin hears a voice in his head that belongs to an alien named Rodney. Rodney offers Stefan and Tara the chance to rid the world of the worst human beings. Anyone the couple chooses is removed from Earth and taken to a planetary depository. Selecting people comes at a painful price for Stefan and Tara. Rodney offers suggestions of people to remove, then decides that focusing on the United States and traveling through time would be a better idea. Are Stefan and Tara doing something good or are they only making matters worse? Is this venture of removing people for the greater good really worth their pain or is it all for the amusement of an alien from some distant planet?
This comical story takes an entertaining and twisted approach to some of the most prominent social issues concerning the sustainability of our planet. The unique personalities of the doctor, his girlfriend, and Rodney the alien, and their fun-filled interactions take the concept of refurbishing to a whole new level of hilarious. I love how the characters in this story base their choices on what will benefit the world in the long run in an effort to keep the aliens from recycling Earth now. I recommend this story to adults who have a sense of humor and enjoy looking at the world’s history from a new perspective. I hope that Marty Essen has more stories like Doctor Refurb that are as fun and entertaining.