PopCo

PopCo

by Scarlett Thomas
3.9 11

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PopCo 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scarlett Thomas's PopCo--despite a slow start--follows narrator Alice Butler on a retreat for her job designing toys for a global toy company on a quest to create the ideal product for teenage s. One unique aspect of this book is that Alice--the granddaughter of a well-known cryptanalyst--begins finding messages on her retreat that lead her back to the famous manuscript once secretly decoded by her grandfather. Interspersed with Alice's observations are social, scientific, and mathematical formulas, as well as various types of codes, code keys, and solutions. This books starts out seeming like the typical 'unsatisfied thirty-something seeks more from life' novel, but (like Thomas's narrator) ends up being so much more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Popco is an extremely well written book that contains lots of puzzles, codes, and paradoxes to ponder... Scarlett Thomas rules! If you like fiction books that 'teach' you something, this is the book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only is this a fun book about cryptanalysis and the overreach of marketing, but it also touches on feminism, the rural vs. urban dichotomy, and globalization. Top-notch characters had me riveted. In the end, though, it felt like the whole affair was really the first half of what should have been a larger book (but still worth every penny).
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