Atta by Francis Rufus Bellamy
Mixing things up a bit. This is a novel I bought in the last year or so, so I actually remember it. And I hate it! I mean, you have to forgive older science fiction as products of their time. Because of this, rampant sexism, homophobia, white male privilege and so on becomes commonplace and glossed over, which isn’t great to put it lightly.
Anyway, this has all that I’m sure, but what it also has is an absolute moron as a main character. He gets shrunk early on without knowing what’s happened and it takes him until the end of the book to realise what has happened. He even befriends an ant (the titular Atta) for God’s sake.
I mean sure, he probably hadn’t seen Honey I Shrunk the Kids, but he’d surely opened his eyes at some point and seen an ant? Or a blade of grass.
Anyway, this infuriating idiocy actually makes the book kind of an entertaining science fiction comedy, so I finished it. Though I will never revisit.