Title: Jennifer Government
Author: Max Barry
Publisher: Doubleday 2003
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: 4/5 stars
Reading Challenges: A to Z - J; I Love Libraries
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.
A recommendation from J to give me something a little lighter to read while making my own through The Radium Girls. This book was depressing in a different way. Barry takes us into an interesting not-too-distant from our own world ruled by corporations. Oh my. I do not want to live in this world. There are no really good people and definitely no good corporations. I didn't root for any of the characters, but I did find the world to be very interesting.
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