Business Physicist and Astronomer
The book takes some interesting pokes at our political system but it's disjointed and pointless in my opinion.
I found it a chore to get through. This is a rare case where the movie would be better than the book.
Wait for the movie.
The bias that I have for the reading of this wonderful piece of humour. Relates to me so personally I dare not continue blubbering accolades. I have listened to many books throughout my life. This one is surreal in a way that involves every emotional situation, facing the hard working people of the world. The slack needs to be taken up. Underlying the humour is a message to the world about how being an economically conscious human, is improving situations for all, get involved.
I very much enjoyed some of Christopher Buckley's earlier books. They are original and funny. Boomsday was disappointing. The premise is clever but the book has only occasional moments of humor and the characters are mostly unoriginal caricatures.
I enjoy Buckley's books very much, but I struggled to get all the way through this one. It didn't seem as tightly knit as his previous books and became rather boring and repetitive. It also had a rather strident quality about it, possibly due to the delivery of the narrator. That being said, there are very funny bits, and the narrator does a superb job of uniquely voicing all the characters.
William F. Buckley, Christopher Buckley's father was the supposed father of modern conservatism. Apparently the only thing that William taught his son was that modern bible thumping is slightly out of place in modern America and you should try to "spin" any problem into three different stages which are: controversy, compromised acceptance, and then ignoring that the problem is still a problem. These are in fact the separate stages of the plot.
As for the Heroine of our novel, she just becomes another modern libertarian freedom advocate that makes a small political splash about an ideal, that Ayn Rand wrote about, and then disappears into the mists of bureaucracy.
It is surprising that although the main heroine claims to "love" Rand she shows little emulation of the things that Rand stood for which seemingly are in short supply in out society these days. Things like integrity, honesty, strong will, and a lack of compromise on the issue of one's morals. She capitulates in the book several times even toward the end of the book letting her father off of the hook instead of blowing wide open the scandal on the software used in Gideon Payne's retirement communities.
The solution no matter how harsh it may sound, is to make people pay for their own retirement. Apparently not even the conservatives in this country can understand this fact. The government should never have set up a social security program in the first place. I am of course sorry for all of those people who paid in expecting a larger payout and expecting that government means providing for your life in old age. Buckley tries to find much more evil ways to solve the problem of social security and I am afraid that this will also be the course of political events to come unless people realize that the only path that should be taken under capitalism is self reliance.