Boomsday by Christopher Buckley

Published: 2007

Genre: fiction

Length: 318 pages

Setting: U.S., near-present in an election year

Interest: I put it on my “To Read” list so long ago, I can’t remember why. I picked it up this week because the library had it on the shelf.

Summary: It’s a U.S. where the baby boomers are just about to retire and bankrupt Social Security, which the government is funding by taxing workers. Cass isn’t having any of it and she uses her blog to rally the younger generation. She goes so far as to propose the elderly should “voluntarily transition” (for benefits, of course) to balance the budget. She gets a Senator to sponsor a bill. He even runs for President with that as his platform.

Final thoughts: A very entertaining book that was even more relevant considering I read it in an election year. The book was a bit more farcical than reality, but sometimes reality seems pretty crazy. The writing style was highly enjoyable. The only downside is the book will feel dated in about ten years because of all the technology included in the story, but for now it was amusing.

Title comes from: Boomsday was the nickname of the event when all the baby boomers retired and crashed Social Security.

Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review of a book from a previous year

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