This month, I read a rather interesting book, Jennifer Government by Max Barry. The idea for the book was, itself, creative. The book is basically about a world where taxes have been abolished and the government privatized. The last names of each person has been changed as well. No longer are they names inherited from your parents, but are names of the company you work for. Jennifer Government, a government agent, wants to capture the man who committed a crime at a Nike department store. As she is investigating, she realizes that capturing and identifying the person behind the crime will be a lot more complicated than she imagined. She runs to various parts of the globe in order to jail the culprit, but every time she gets close to arresting them, they slip away. Right now, you might be thinking that this is the most boring book you've ever heard of, but no, I'm sure you've heard worse. At first, I thought the same. The summary I read on the back cover was not very appealing, however, I decided to read it anyway. Though what I just described to you is the core part of the story, the book has way more to offer to you. It's got lots of action and moves at a fast but not too fast pace. I'm not exactly sure what genre it should be categorized in, but it is definitely a page turner. The book is also filled with satires. There's no way to escape satires in this book. Though there is a high usage of foul language, some awkward (or inappropriate) parts, and some flat (or personality-less) characters, if you see the book as a whole, overall, it's a pretty good book.

 

The way the book is written and formatted is quite confusing. First of all, the book has six major characters. It was difficult to keep them straight for a while, but eventually I got the characters down. The main reason why the book's a bit confusing is because there are nine interconnected plots. It sounds really confusing, but once I explain, it isn't all that difficult. So basically there are nine different things/stories/plots happening all at once and most of the characters (especially at the beginning) are no where near each other - they're all at different places doing different things. It's kinda like this: The book is talking about a guy named Joe and telling the reader what he's doing and things. (Let's just say he was drinking coffee.) The next section of the book talks about Gabe and whatever he was doing at the time Joe was drinking coffee, explained in the section before. The next section goes on with the next character and you get the point. As the story goes on, the characters meet up with some of the other characters and they team up, gather information from each other, discover their enemies, discover their allies, and a bunch of other stuff. After reading all this you might be thinking that this book is definitely not one you'll like, just a confusing and boring book, but who knows? You might actually enjoy it. So why not give this book a try? Or if you have read it, what did you think about the story and it's format?

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Comment by Michael Feldmann on March 19, 2012 at 10:11pm

Although I am not sure that I would like the format that you just described, I think the premise that the government has become privatized is an interesting premise and worth a read, even if the execution is not that great. 

Comment by Alisaur Maniscalco on March 20, 2012 at 7:20pm

This book sounds genuinely interesting!! I am obsessed with dystopian books lately. Oh god, another book added to my list of books to read.

Comment by Robbie Ng on March 20, 2012 at 9:52pm

This book does sound very interesting with a very cool situation with the government being privatized and the format doesn't sound too bad.

Comment by Jeff Jauch on March 21, 2012 at 9:05pm

Sounds like a pretty interesting read to me. I recently finished a cool story where the coperations and big buisnesses had more power and control than the governtment did and they could do whatever they wanted. I love reading stories where I wonder " Hmm, could this actually happen in the future?" I think I might pick this one up.

Comment by Carolyn Kim on October 18, 2013 at 11:39pm
I'm really into these kind of novels, so this book actually really interests me contrary to what you may think. I have read many books similar to this, but the plot of this particular story sounds unique, especially since the story format is much different than your ordinary book. Nice blog post!

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