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PopCo by Scarlett Thomas
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Jun 25, 2012

really liked it
Read from June 20 to 25, 2012

My review from "I'm Reading": I had a lot of fun reading "PopCo," which is the second Scarlett Thomas novel I've read--the first being "The End of Mr Y." Alice Butler, a young cryptographer, working for the huge toy company PopCo, is the protagonist. I happily followed Alice through plenty of geeky math and cipher explanations, alternating biographical narratives of her quirky adult and childhood selves, a story of pirates and buried treasure, outlines of the lives of her beloved WWII code-breaking grandparents, and rants about the evils of corporatism and consumerism and our inhumanity to children and animals--all while she is on her path to integration. The end might have been a little weak, plot-wise, and not as pointed as one might have wished for, but that is more than made up for by the writing itself, the themes, the excellent bibliography, and the puzzles along the way. If you like this sort of book, I highly recommend it. Thank you, Sarah, for recommending it to me!

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