(LitenVerse #2)

Paperback, 176 pages

English language

Published April 20, 2021 by Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom.


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2 stars (1 review)

Derek is LitenVärld's most loyal employee. He lives and breathes the job, from the moment he wakes up in a converted shipping container at the edge of the parking lot to the second he clocks out of work 18 hours later. But after taking his first ever sick day, his manager calls that loyalty into question. An excellent employee like Derek, an employee made to work at LitenVärld, shouldn't need time off.

To test his commitment to the job, Derek is assigned to a special inventory shift, hunting through the store to find defective products. Toy chests with pincers and eye stalks, ambulatory sleeper sofas, killer mutant toilets, that kind of thing. Helping him is the inventory team — four strangers who look and sound almost exactly like him. Are five Dereks better than one?

2 editions

reviewed Defekt

Not quite sure what to make of this

2 stars

I realise this is going to be a really strange review, but bear with me... If you'd asked me at any point before the end of this novella, I'd have said that I was loving it, and it was probably worth five stars. It's funny and makes nice digs at corporate culture and, perhaps most importantly, has a very relatable main character. In fact, I'd say I identified with Derek even more strongly than I did with Murderbot while reading All Systems Red. Then I got to the acknowledgements and found the author wrote "Every job has at least one fucking Derek -- an otherwise inoffensive coworker that still somehow manages to earn your ire at every turn,..." and, to be honest, it felt like quite the slap in the face. So, if you're not the kind of reader who identifies with characters, go wild -- it's an enjoyable short …