Stephen Jones is a shiny new hire at Zephyr Holdings. From the outside, Zephyr is just another bland corporate monolith, but behind its glass doors business is far from usual: the beautiful receptionist is paid twice as much as anybody else to do nothing, the sales reps use self help books as manuals, no one has seen the CEO, no one knows exactly what they are selling, and missing donuts are the cause of office intrigue. While Jones originally wanted to climb the corporate ladder, he now finds himself descending deeper into the irrational rationality of company policy. What he finds is hilarious, shocking, and utterly telling.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
March 13, 2007  |  338 pages
(Read from Dec 2, 2019 to Dec 13, 2019)
Grade: C+    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 70% Entertainment, 30% Literature
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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At first Barry appears content to deliver a tepid facsimile of "Office Space," setting the novel in a bland corporate building inhabited by bureaucratic drones. Then quickly the author introduces a twist, adding a new dimension to the story which showcases his imaginative flair. Overall there is balance between the high-concept plot and the arc of the protagonist. That said, Barry does a disservice to his other characters, especially the female ones, and struggles to deliver a payoff at the end.  (+2 votes)