Meja Mwangi's first novel, Kill Me Quick, was written in 1973. This novel displays Mwangi’s talent for writing lively stories depicting rural youth and societal problems in Kenya. It narrates the experiences of Meja and Maina, two youths who have come to the city with the hope of bettering their lives, confident that their high school diplomas will lead to success. However, they are unable to compete for jobs in the city and, ultimately, they resort to petty theft and crime, and being exploited by employers. Vivian Yenika-Agbaw, in her article ‘Half Education Is Madness!’: Mwangi’s Teenage Characters Battle Poverty in a Post colonial African City,' states that the novel shows the failure of the educational curriculum in post colonial Africa. She writes that it is 'a typical story of a dream deferred because each pays the price of daring to hope for a better life' (15). Kill Me Quick was also made into a stage play.