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Errant Intern

by Shawn Keenan

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In a dystopian future, where corporations have run rampant, Kip has a dead-end corporate job. It may not be the best job around, but it is a lot better than living back home on the farm, always in danger of foreclosure and being repossessed by the corporations that own the mortgage. Corporations have supplanted democratic governments, and set their own rules. Sound scary? I certainly thought so. It also seemed sadly ironic to read this as Occupy Wall Street was going on.

Kip happens to be in the right (or wrong) place at the right time, and after having an evening as a bodyguard, ends up being sent to foreclose a farm. He cannot bring himself to do it despite his ambitions, and escaping to the north, he ends up in prison. Of course, he escapes. Of course he has help. Of course there is a woman. Although the plot was predictable - and in the tradition of 1984 or a Brave New World - this is a good book.

The writing was a little choppy in parts, and sometimes the descriptions went on too long.

Good book, thought-provoking, and engaging.

This book was received as part of the Member Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  KelliSFlor | Jun 24, 2012 |
Kip is hanging onto the very bottom run of the corporate ladder by his little finger. While he is barely on the financial radar, he has big hopes, but fate has a cruel plan in mind for our little Kip. He will have to make a choice, a choice that will drag him along one of two very different paths.

This is a post-apocalyptic science fiction fantasy novel that reminds me very much of George Orwell. And as different as Kips world is from our own, I also saw many similarities in how the corporations use and manipulate people’s view of the world.

I really enjoyed reading this book; it was fun, engaging, romantic, suspenseful and thought provoking. ( )
  Alexandria_annex | Feb 21, 2012 |
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By telling his corporate bosses to shove it, seventeen-year old intern Kip Pureweather may have pushed the Incorporated Realms of America into the third Dark Ages.

Kip’s first assignment away from Vassalcorp headquarters in York City sends him on mechanical horseback to the farmlands of Ohio. With feisty office-maiden Abbey Fairchild in tow, the two trade barbs as often as they do stolen glances. Just as Kip and Abbey are finding common ground, Kip learns the nature of his assignment – the foreclosure of the Fairchild farm. When faced with destroying a family to secure his future as a knight-executive, Kip defies the all-powerful corporations and changes his destiny forever. Kip’s insubordination makes him an instant outlaw, and the only place out of the corporations’ reach is the forbidden Empty Lands north of the Realms. But the Empty Lands hold a secret the corporations have kept since the time of the Generex, a war that brought them to power and ushered in the second Dark Ages. With knowledge of an imminent threat, Kip returns for Abbey, and with the help of a slave, a mailroom clerk, a tabloid princess, and the self-proclaimed greatest-mind-of-their-time, they take a stand against the corporations and the impending destruction of their world.
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The weakest of those on whose shoulders so much rest will rise above all.

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