I loved the premise, and I'm usually all for political satire, but I just didn't care for the writing. I think this is a good example of how everyone talks in the novel:
"Ask yourself, Do you really wa...more
The time and place: America, a few years down the road. Prime rates are at 18 percent. Inflation is at thirty percent. Foreign countries are refusing to loan America any more money. The United States is at war with six areas, including Quebec, and the National Guard is spread so thin that it is now safe for other countries to invite the U.S. to declare war.
And in the midst of all these financial crises, 77 million Americans--Baby Boomers all--are beginn...more
I picked this up in the Midway airport on my way back from Chicago and wow...what a wonderful find!
Picture it: 77 million Baby Boomers are on the verge of retirement, which is putting a strain on the already floundering Social Security system. The US economy is in the toilet and Congress just passed a bill raising Social Security taxes 30% for the under thirty crowd.
Enter Cassandra Devine. She's a PR spin doctor at a high-profile Washington, D.C firm that specializes...more
I hated all the characters in the very beginning.
All of them. ALL OF THEM.
Then I skipped past the very beginning to the point where ... what's her name (sorry, I really can't remember. I want to call her Sophie) has joined the army, she's taking this ric...more
Self-important bloggers, selfish parents, addled politicians, slimy P.R. executives and creepy evangelicals pretty much round out the cast of characters in Boomsday. Our heroine, a privileged young lady whom, although principled, seems motivated exclusively by bitterness over not having her Yale university education paid for by her father. She does a Private Benjamin-inspired stint in the Army (which was a similarly accurate fantasy of military life...) which she completely screws up, somehow l...more
Premise: An Ann Coulter-like character proposes "Voluntary Transitioning" (eg, suicide at age 70 in exchange for exemption from death taxes) to tweak the government into finding a real solution to fund Social Security.
But her modest proposal is taken seriously as both a grassroots movement among the under 30...more
Review in March 15, 2007 LJ:
This latest satire from Buckley (Thank You for Not Smoking) tackles the looming Social Security crisis, which will be triggered when all the baby boomers begin retiring, an occasion known as Boomsday. Cassandra Devine, a 29-year-old Washington PR flack, kicks off the novel's action by suggesting on her blog that members of her cohort, the "Whatever" generation, protest by taking action against gated communities, known harbors of soon-to-re...more
The increased taxes placed on younger generations pushes Cass to make...more
Actually, if I'm stuck in a waiting room, or in an airport, with nothing else to do, no other books and no wireless, and this was handy, I might finish it. Which is really what a book like this is for.
After inciting the unfairly taxed 18-30 age group to protest against the retirement community golf courses in a blog post, Cassandra is pushed into the forefront...more
For this, Christopher Buckley owes a debt to Jonathan Swift's "A Mo...more
Boomsday offers one such crazy idea: to make Social Security solvent, let's financially incentivize everyone over 70 to kill themselves. It's a great premise, but unfortunately, the book loses steam as it goes on. The pro...more
Supposedly a political satire; this books says nothing valuable about politics, society or culture, and is not in the least bit funny. I don't think I even slipped out a chuckle the whole time, much less laughed. Boomsday is filled with plenty of Ivy League-rs who have never heard of political science, game theory, and have no idea how to say anything wittier then the F word....more
What would happen if Jonathan Swift had written his pamphlet, A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People from Being a Burthen to their Parents, or the Country, and for Making them Beneficial to the Publick, in the blogging age? Probably something similar to what happens in the novel Boomsda...more
Once again, political satirist Christopher Buckley (Thank You for Smoking) delivers a firecracker of a novel that explodes with imagination, irony, and wit. Buckley sometimes overexplains, to show off how smart he is, but he is discussing Social Security here. Besides boring subject matter, the novel contains a completely over-the-top premise and a lead character that strains credibility. So the overexplanation works, for the most part, because it evokes laughs. "If you're looking for a lighter,...more
The farcical elements of Boomsday are as brilliant as they are dramatic--euthanising senior citizens! 20-somethings rioting in assisted living homes and golf courses! monuments to 43 million aborted fetuses! planning a celebrity golf tournament in Py...more
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Good...more