Sunday, August 24, 2014

89:120 Big Egos by S.G. Browne

So many of us have wished we were someone else, usually some one famous, to leave our boring mundane life behind if only for a little while.  Now thanks to Big Egos, you can do just that.  For $10k, you can buy a vial of substance that will allow you to imitate anyone of numerous famous people or fictional characters for a few hours.  Live it up and enjoy stepping outside of your own life.  What can it hurt?

Our narrator works for Big Egos and is a major user of his product.  It's getting the point where he spends more time as someone else than he does as himself.  Now he has his best friend hooked on them but since he can't afford the real deal, Nat's been picking them up on the black market.  Now it appears that there is a problem with the black market egos that is causing dangerous side-effects and our narrator has been asked to find those who have been using them and give them an antidote on the sly to keep things out of the news.  Of course, that means going to more and more Ego parties and it's getting to the point where he's not always sure who he is any more.  Can you lose your mind while becoming several other people?  He may be on his way to finding out.

There was so much going on in this book that I don't even know where to start.  It's insightful in strange ways, satirical, macabre in it's own way, with enough humor to keep it from ever getting overwhelming but you find yourself thinking back to the themes it brings up.

Page count: 367p/23,570p ytd/204,608p lifetime

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