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{February 28, 2012}   {Review} Power Trip: A Wondering Koala Tale by Jeff Thomason

From Goodreads: René thinks he’s hit the jackpot!

After six months of no luck following college, he finds the perfect job with excellent benefits at The Power Company doing what he graduated in.

But a newly hired manager has a mysterious agenda. Employees disappear with no warning, and René is caught in a massive explosion that leaves the city of 8 million without power during a record-breaking heat wave. Riots rage and fires burn as the city plunges into chaos, and René finds himself framed for sabotage.

Only the intervention of a silent wanderer can save him and the rest of the city from a deadly power trip.

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This novel is a social commentary on big business and politics, focusing mainly on the “little” guy in the midst of it all.   Much of this novel centers around situations that those in the work force will recognize as true to life; though the exact events may not take place, the concepts surrounding them are everyday occurrences with which many readers will be able to connect.  Rene’s character represents the working class, he’s easily likeable, has been searching for a job in a terrible economy, and is extremely relieved to finally obtain a good job.  Of course, he’ll do anything to keep it, even if it’s giving up some of his free time and working on projects he’s not certified to do—having been out of a job so long, he can’t quit or he may never get another job again.  I really liked how similar the story was to so many people working in corporate America in today’s society, and the satiric nature of the story really made it a great read.

However, while this novel has a very interesting concept, and the synopsis makes it sounds like a real life drama, it actually lends itself to fantasy in that a mysterious superhero is in the mix.  In retrospect, the title portion of the novel, A Wandering Koala Tale, might give readers a heads up that this story isn’t exactly a real life drama, but I was surprised nonetheless and a bit confused by the sudden appearance of a superhero.  The Wandering Koala did show up in the very beginning of the story, creating a background for his character, but once the main story took over, I forgot all about the fantastical superhero and became completely focused on the main story at hand.  While I did like the mute Wandering Koala with ninja assassin like skills, and he did add some spice to the story, I wasn’t expecting the novel to take on a fantasy-like feel.  It’s a good read regardless, and Thomason is a great writer, but just be forewarned, there is a superhero within the pages.  Three stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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