Description: JPod is the brilliant and hilarious new novel from Douglas Coupland, a lethal joyride into today's new breed of technogeeks which updates his 1995 classic Microserfs for the age of Google.
It tells the story of Ethan Jarlewski and his five co-workers. Somewhere in the hierarchy it has been decided that those whose surnames being with 'J' will be bureaucratically marooned in JPod, a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver game design company. The six workers confined herein, daily confront the forces that define our era: global piracy, boneheaded marketing staff, people-smuggling, the rise of China, marijuana grow-ops, Jeff Probst, and the ashes of the 1990s financial tech dream.
JPod's universe is amoral and shameless. The characters are products of their era even as they're creating it. Everybody in Ethan's life inhabits a moral grey zone. Nobody is exempt, not even his seemingly straightlaced parents or Coupland himself.
Full of word games, visual jokes and sideways jabs, this book throws a sharp, pointed lawn dart into the heart of contemporary life.