Jennifer Government by Max Barry
This book takes place in the not too distant future where the government has been privatized and people (even children) take on the last name of their employer/school. Yes, it is satire. Yes it deals with with globalization and marketing craziness… such as Nike hiring a hit man to kill the first person to buy their new shoes as a way of making the shoes desirable… but thankfully it goes beyond the shtick and tells the story of the people living in this semi dystopian world; namely single mom and government agent Jennifer Government and struggling villain turned hero Hack Nike.
I loved it.
Witty, sharp, poignant, and short this book has everything you want in a speculative fiction novel; compelling unforgettable characters, dark humor coupled with sobering realities, and a perfect ending.
One of those books that will stay with you and inspire rereading long after completion, this book is not to be missed.
I highly recommend it!