"Nothing in this book is true."
I guess, this must be my favorite first sentence of all time!
Cat’s Cradle is supposed to be a book about the day, on which the world ended, but in fact it is a book about many things – the atomic bomb, science, humans, dictatorship, fear, history, power, death, love, the apocalypse, life and religion. All of this crammed into less than 200 pages and filled to the top with satire and a lot of (black) humour. By inventing Bokononism as the forbidden religion of a forsaken island in the Caribbean, which everyone on the island is practising nevertheless, Vonnegut demonstrates in a very simple way the arbitrariness of beliefs. Or in his own words:
"Anyone unable to understand how a useful religion can be founded on lies will not understand this book either."
What can I say? I love Vonnegut and I think that because he is mainly considered to be "only" a Science-Fiction writer, he is massively underestimated and overlooked.