Title: Jennifer Government
Author: Max Barry
Genre: fiction, somewhat dystopic
Year Published: 2003
Source: public library
Challenges: Aussie Author Challenge #1
Summary from back of book:
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 wickedly satirical and outrageous thriller about globalization and marketing hype, Jennifer Government is the best novel in the world ever.
LOVE THIS BOOK! I think it takes place in the 2020s-2030s, but they never say for sure. Basically the government isn’t really in charge anymore and only exists to prevent and somewhat punish crime. There are two big business alliances–Team Advantage and US Alliance and if you’re not included in one of them, good luck staying in business for long. And America controls more than present US territory, such as Australia 🙂
This was a fast-paced story that I honestly could’ve read in one sitting if I’d had enough time. I never wanted to put it down. All of the characters were intertwined and knew each other through other people, even if they didn’t know it. This book wasn’t really a true dystopic novel. Basically the big businesses have more pull in this world than the government does, which is somewhat easy to picture, unfortunately. I picture dystopic novels as the people having no say and democracy basically being a thing of the past; but this novel had a little bit left. So it was an interesting read because of that, I think.
I found it interesting, too, the way the Aussie author portrayed America taking over Australia–that surprised me a little. I don’t think many people would create a world where their country is controlled by another–unless you really dislike your country. But Barry, I’m sure doesn’t hate Australia 😀