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May 31, 2007

Review: Jennifer Government

2007 Finishes: Books

Jennifer Government by Max Barry
Genre: Sci fi
Pages: 321
Rating: 3.5

This was a selection for the sci fi/fantasy book club I attend. I had heard good things about this book from so many different people, and I ended up being very disappointed by it. It's a book with a message, but the message is so obvious that it ends up being boring. Basically, you can tell what the message is from reading the back cover copy. And then you read the book, and nothing that happens changes that initial impression at all. It was utterly unsurprising, and could have been easily summarized in half a page or, at most, a short story.

That said, I didn't hate it. I enjoyed the writing style, and actually cared about a few of the characters. (Some of them were just annoying.) And it's clever, in a gimmicky sort of way. It just went on way too long for a gimmick without much substance (other than "corporations and big government are bad"). I might try another of Barry's books, since I did enjoy the writing. But this one left me severely underwhelmed.

Posted by Kat at May 31, 2007 09:35 AM

Katie, just keep in mind that book binges sometimes result in painful papercuts. Don't neglect your knitting! (And maybe I'm just jealous that I can't do as much reading as you. Actually, there's no "maybe" about it. I am.) I wasn't too crazy about Jennifer Government either. I preferred Company. It's the one with the big, icky donut on the front.

Posted by: Erica at May 31, 2007 02:24 PM
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