Jennifer Government by Max Barry Book Review 28, Jan


JENNIFER GOVERNMENT by Max Barry is a novel that shows the more literary satirical side of cyberpunk. A lot of people focus on the technology and noir elements but rarely the politics. They just have "corporations bad, heroic plucky rebels good." There's nothing wrong that but it also misses the opportunities that could be provided by a deeper analysis of the genre. For things like The Matrix, it is the philosophical. However, Jennifer Government is more like Snow Crash in that its dip into the philosophical is both entirely relevant as well as well as parodic. That doesn't mean its any less effective in its storytelling or critique of society, though.