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?