© 2007 Christopher Buckley
By day, Cass Devine is a public relations specialist who labors to ensure her clients’ sh-tuff doesn’t stink. By night, she’s a tax revolutionary, stirring the pot — blogging furiously and urging young people to take to the streets and protest against the social security crisis. In only a couple of years, Social Security will be bankrupt — despite DC’s usual solution of raising taxes on under-thirties even more. Cassandra’s national movement lands her in jail, and turns on senator into a presidential candidate who turns to her as his on-the-lam adviser. They have an idea: do that thing in Soylent Green where older citizens voluntarily have themselves euthanized, but instead of being turned into snacks for the younger generation, the aged are rewarded with generous benefits and tax breaks in the years before their “Voluntary Transition”. Like They Eat Puppies, Don’t They, Boomsday is sadly comic, though its characters are not quite as reprehensible on average.The social security problem is one the American public heard a lot about during the Bush years, but oddly has slipped under the radar, at least as a television talking point.
This one is mildly funny, mildly vulgar, and mildly forgettable. I liked it more than They Eat Puppies, but less than Thank You For Smoking.
Buckley's satire is an acquired taste. I have tried to read some of his work but found it too rich like a chocolate torte. My favorite of his writings is his memoir of his mother and father.
For me, his books are like those Flaming Hot Cheetos…I don't really ENJOY them, but I keep being drawn to them. I suppose it's his quirky premises…
Stephen, thanks for the good, succinct review, especially the “mildly forgettable” description. At my stage of life, everything is “mildly forgettable,” but — staying focused on the book — I will take a pass on this one, and I thank you for giving me that pass. Life is too short to read “mildly forgettable” books.
Indeed…thank goodness for Goodreads and the book-blogging community. We save each other a lot of trouble!