My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jennifer Government describes the world that the libertarians in the United States wish we had. It is the kind of world where people are defined almost exclusively by their job, regulations and government interference in business are minimal, and the pursuit of profits is the highest order.
The author trusts his reader to get the symbolism rather than trumpeting explanations about why things are this way. While some of it can seem obvious, when you stop to think about the action, there is nuance to be found.
The book is an easy read, and I think it starts to rush a bit towards the end. That said, though, it was a fun read that occasionally made you stop and think. As someone who grew up near where kids were shooting each other over shoes, the story doesn’t seem that far-fetched. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes near-future speculative fiction.