Thursday, December 12, 2013
Jennifer Government- Book Review
Jennifer Government, by Max Barry
"Taxation has been abolished, the government has been privatized, and employees take the surname of the company they work for. It's a brave new corporate world, but you don't want to be caught without a platinum credit card--as lowly Merchandising Officer Hack Nike is about to find out. Trapped into building street cred for a new line of $2500 sneakers by shooting customers, Hack attracts the barcode-tattooed eye of the legendary Jennifer Government. A stressed-out single mom, corporate watchdog, and government agent who has to rustle up funding before she's allowed to fight crime, Jennifer Government is holding a closing down sale--and everything must go."
What an interesting premise for a book! It's honestly pretty scary- not because there are monsters or aliens...no, nothing like that. It's just so darn...plausible.
The idea here is that the government is weak- almost powerless, and corporations are running the show. They have armies, they have hired hit men, they have formed alliances, and they have agendas for the world that aren't very well aligned with what's good for the people. And amid this backdrop, we have one lone government agent who is working to stop the corporations from starting a war, murdering customers, and taking down what little is left of government oversight. And all of this is a stretch of the imagination...right now. But with corporations being "too big to fail" and getting tax breaks while also seeking person-hood status and the right to heavily influence elections...well, this dystopian future is just a little too close to reality for comfort.
You will enjoy this if you like political thrillers, action and sci-fi. There's not much romance, and my one complaint with the book is that there is not much in the way of character development at all. The action is what moves this story, and the premise is what shocks you and makes you want to read this one. I enjoyed it, but would have liked it more if the characters had been more three-dimensional. I would rate it as a 3 star.
Author's website: http://maxbarry.com/jennifergovernment/