If you are tired of dystopian tales read no further.
Still here? Good, I have a book that you may enjoy. Jennifer Government was released in 2004 though I think the content seems more relevant today than it did prior to the 2008 financial meltdown and its subsequent fallout.
The story takes place in the near future when the government has all but dissolved; at one point a character talks about how things were before taxes were abolished. In this world the corporations hold sway over most things; they run the schools, the hospitals and some of the government institutions that are left find themselves freelancing for big corporate.
The focus of the story is, you might have guessed, is Jennifer Government an FBI investigator who is on the trail of a corporate exec who thoughts his brand would gain street cred if a bunch of kids were shot while buying his companies shoes. Most the story is a cat and mouse chase around the world while our villain not only flees from Jennifer but actively works on consolidating his position in the market while evading his would be captor.
The book is admittedly over the top but there are so many little pieces that scream of the current state of things to make the premise feel almost plausible. I also found that the emotional rollercoaster the story puts you on is a little fractured. There were times I wasn’t sure if I should be laughing or horrified, of course that may speak more to my interpretation than any fault of the author. On the whole I would highly recommend this (mostly) fun, fast read to anyone who enjoys dystopian stories.
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