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Jennifer Government Paperback – January 6, 2004
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Those concerns aside, the incredible world Barry creates is both crazy and also not so far removed from our own world. His setting is a future world where brands have gone amok, taking the place of government, which itself has been reduced to a brand that can only operate where there is profit motive.
The plot has a very agile pace and is packed with a great deal of action. In fact, given this book was written in 2004 and offers such an interesting twist on the growing consumerism of our world, it is surprising to me this hasn't yet been made into a movie. This is not a perfect book, but it captured my imagination and was fun to read.
great connections between the players, and a great story. found myself engrossed (especially the last 3rd of the book). did not put it down until i finished.
fun, funny...and (sadly), believable. well worth reading.
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It is, in my opinion, well-written as a genre novel, with a good, appropriate voice that lends to the storytelling while remaining easy...Read more