I’m super excited for Amazon’s upcoming series starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen, so I was keen to read the source material. The concept is brilliant: an angel and a demon named Aziraphale and Crowley, respectively, are determined to stop the Apocalypse from occurring on one particular Saturday. Heaven and Hell are preparing for a war; Crowley and Aziraphale just want to live their comfortable lives on Earth for as long as possible. Along the way, they encounter a witch named Anathema Device, a Witchfinder named Sgt. Shadwell, his apprentice Newt Pulsifer, and a young boy/Antichrist named Adam. Each character brings a new layer to the overarching story.
The execution of this wonderful conceit, however, doesn’t quite stick the landing. There are some funny moments and footnotes inserted, but the novel becomes messy when it diverges from the adventures of Crowley and Aziraphale. They’re the only characters I actually liked and cared about, and saved the story. The other characters, while integral to the plot, are far less interesting and don’t quite receive the backstories they deserve. Good Omens also slows down considerably during the second act, making it somewhat of a slog to get through.
Overall, this an enjoyable novel, if not the best output from either author. I think this will make a fantastic TV series, but it ultimately fell flat as a novel for me. This could have been a knockout if the secondary characters had been fleshed out a bit more and the second act trimmed of its fat.