Max Barry is the master of the fun corporate farce! All his prior books were fun reads (Syrup, Company) and this one is no exception. Charles Neumann is a robotics type engineer who accidently loses one of his legs at work. When the company he works for wants to pay for a prothesis to replace the leg he lost, Charles realizes he can make a better leg than what they can provide. In fact his new leg is so much better that he starts to realize that it outshines his own leg. This gets him to thinking that maybe he would be better off with a matching set of artificial legs.
The read can see where this one is going. Especially at the urging of Lola, Charles's new found love and a woman who has a "secret" replacement body part. Her story is compelling especially, how her father got her her "replacement" part. The one thing the reader can't see is the company's reaction. They realize that this can be something as desired as regular plastic surgery and start marketing all kinds of "cosmetic" and superior replacement body parts.
The story is so crazy that it could be "believable." Barry has a natural talent for bringing "Dilbert-like" situations in the business world to life in a funny way with characters that act like people do in the real corporate world.
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