Jennifer Government

Jennifer Government

by Max Barry, MAXX Barry
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Jennifer Government by Max Barry, MAXX Barry

Jennifer Government is Here to Help!
In Max Barry’s twisted, hilarious vision of the near future, the world is run by giant American corporations (except for a few deluded holdouts like the French); taxes are illegal; employees take the last names of the companies they work for; The Police and The NRA are publicly-traded security firms; the U.S. government may only investigate crimes if they can bill a citizen directly. It’s a free market paradise!
Hack Nike is a lowly Merchandising Officer who’s not very good at negotiating his salary. So when John Nike and John Nike, executives from the promised land of Marketing, offer him a contract, he signs without reading it. Unfortunately, Hack’s new contract involves shooting teenagers to build up street cred for Nike’s new line of $2,500 sneakers. Scared, Hack goes to The Police, who assume he’s asking for a subcontracting deal and lease the assassinations to the NRA.
Soon Hack finds himself pursued by Jennifer Government, a tough-talking agent with a barcode tattoo under her eye and a rabid determination to nail John Nike (the boss of the other John Nike). In a world where your job title means everything, the most cherished possession is a platinum credit card, and advertising jingles give way to automatic weapons in the fight for market share, Jennifer Government is the consumer watchdog from hell.
Jennifer Government is the kind of novel that can become a byword--a Catch-22 for the New World Order, a satire both broad and pointed, deeply funny and disturbingly on-target.
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Author Biography: MAX BARRY is an Australian, for which he apologizes. He is the author of the cult hit Syrup, although he spelled his name "Maxx" for that novel "because it seemed like a funny joke about marketing, and I failed to realize everyone would assume I was a pretentious asshole." He was born on March 18, 1973 and lives in Melbourne, Australia, where he writes full-time, the advantage being that he can do it while wearing only boxer shorts.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385507592
Publisher: Doubleday Publishing
Publication date: 01/21/2003
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.11(d)

About the Author

Max Barry is an Australian, for which he apologizes. He is the author of the cult hit Syrup, although he spelled his name “Maxx” for that novel, “because it seemed like a funny joke about marketing, and I failed to realize everyone would assume I was a pretentious asshole.” He was born on March 18, 1973, and lives in Melbourne, Australia, where he writes full-time, the advantage being that he can do it while wearing boxer shorts.

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Jennifer Government 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Usually when an author attempts to introduce their cast of characters individually, and thread them together throughout the story, it turns into disjointed, mess. The book turns into several five hundred page novels of no less than three volumes, the characters take a back seat to a convoluted plot, and the story moves a turtles pace, while the reader hopes the author stops being coy, and gets the characters together, so they can get on with the story. This is not the case with Max Barry¿s latest novel, Jennifer Government, however. The novel centers around several characters living in a not so distant, and not altogether unrealistic future, where corporations run everything, and one¿s job determines their surname. (hence the title, named after the novel¿s protagonist) Barry takes the time to make his readers invest something in his carefully crafted characters, and moves the plot along at a break-neck pace, making the book almost impossible to put down. Add to that that, the book is also satirical in nature, and neither the story or characters suffer, and you have a very enjoyable thought-provoking read. The book makes it¿s point(s) without beating the reader over the head, and the moral questions asked of the reader are presented in such an open-ended way it allows them to come to their own conclusions. A funny, challenging book, which will be part of high school reading curriculums in years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard about this book on Barry's Nationstates game, so I decided to check it out.. I'm glad I did! It's hilarious, full of witty comments and odd twists
Guest More than 1 year ago
Max Barry creates a world (more like an 'America') ruled in a nearly absolute free market society. Due to budget restrictions in a world where contracts and profits mean more to people than the quality of human life, the government wields its power in an 'equal' playing field with the wheelings and dealings of coporations, monopolies, merges, and coporate takeovers. I gave this book 4 and a half stars as opposed to 5 because the falling action all the way to the book's ending seemed like it was rushed in its efforts to end the book by 300 pages and it didn't take enough time to intricately gel the characters in the end as Barry so brilliantly did in its build-up. 'Jennifer Government' is still a great read despite my criticism on its ending. I enjoyed the book's evolution and transition from Hack's plight as a lowly Merc Officer at Nike to the stand-off between US Alliance and Team Advantage, although I didn't find the book as 'humorous' as many critics make it out to seem.
WorldReader1111 More than 1 year ago
I liked 'Jennifer Government.' It is, in my opinion, well-written as a genre novel, with a good, appropriate voice that lends to the storytelling while remaining easy to read. Also, the author provides a steady stream of clever, intelligent wit, equally appropriate to the book's quasi-absurdist bent (as well as just being simply funny). 'Government's' plot is sound, as is its imagined world. The characters are well-crafted, and believable in the context of their literary ecosystem. The story is complete, streamlined, and enjoyable, with the characters' respective threads effectively woven into a coherent narrative and, eventually, a pleasing climax. Thus, as a piece of fiction, the book succeeds (for my tastes, anyway). However, 'Jennifer Government' contains another, secondary layer of substance, and it is this that made the book such an involving read for me. Namely, 'Government' serves as a valid and valuable commentary on modern consumerism and its attendant mentality. By way of the story and its not-so-subtle political and existential statements, we are confronted with some of the potential consequences of a post-consumerism society, from the psychological to the institutional (and even the spiritual, in a roundabout way, since a litigious society is, I believe, a symptom of a deeper condition). Sure, none of this is new territory, with much of it being the center of age-old philosophical quagmires (such as action being dictated purely by consequence, rather than principle or other ideals); though, when seen through 'Government's' particularly keen lens, these undying issues are afforded a special clarity, as to lend some sound, real-world perspective on them (in the way that, sometimes, only fiction can bring about). Really, I found 'Government's' super-consumerism world to be a tad too plausible, given recent precedents and the current state of things; thus, with this in mind, the book becomes something of a cautionary tale (whether the author intended it as such or not). In a society where blind loyalty, consequential reasoning, and the pursuit of self-interest goes largely unquestioned, in personal and public transactions alike, the absurdly brutal world of 'Jennifer Government' would appear to be a mere step away (if not already here in various forms). Heavy stuff, certainly, and maybe not what one wants to encounter in their fiction; but relevant and important, all the same. All in all, this book proved to be an unexpectedly thought-provoking read, while still managing to be a good, entertaining novel. Good stuff. Much thanks to this book's author and publisher. I am grateful for, and have benefited from, your work and service.
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*runs in and seeing he's not here, runs to Yers*
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Crawls to yers
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Walks in
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Solid story that needs to be a little tighter and a rewrite dueto changes in corporate leaders but otherwise pleasant enough
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If you have not read a Max Barry book, your missing out!!!
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This book is a realistic look into a dystopian future, where companies would kill to make a buck. I strongly recommend this book to those that loved Brave New World and 1984.
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Stinsky More than 1 year ago
A+quick+and+fun+read+that+also+provides+some+social+commentary.