Genre: Science Fiction
Diversity: Asexual Character
Cover: Reminds me of MS Paint. Not in a good way.
Trigger warnings: suicide mention, dubious consent, maybe more
Description: Jerry is just another unremarkable office worker from Accounting. Day in and day out he slogs through bureaucracy, repeating the motions of a corporate job. But one day he ventures into a Brooklyn warehouse art exhibit about office furniture—and he’s told he cannot leave until the person he loves the most comes to retrieve him.
Margret is that person, and so he writes to her. Yet after so many years, she can’t seem to remember Jerry (from Accounting). Meanwhile, the exhibit grows ever more surreal and dangerous—and he must convince Margret to rescue him before it’s too late.
Timothy DeLizza’s Jerry (from Accounting) is a dizzying story of a man’s existential journey through love, friendship, and the loss of identity in the monotonous cycle that is the corporate world.
Review: Surprise asexual character! Sadly there’s a but coming…
But I want to start reviewing the good things. This story reminds me of Welcome to Night Vale so if you’re a fan of this podcast and the books you may like Jerry (From accounting).
It has an interesting starting point but you probably shouldn’t think too much about logic or rather explanations. I think it’s a little bit strange how Jerry simply accepts that he can’t leave the building and how strange everything is inside it. Hopefully there is an explanation about the whys later in the book. I would have liked to find out.
I was so excited when the author told me Jerry’s love interest is ace. And it began really great. Margret and Jerry exchange letters while he is a prisoner and she writes to him how she would prefer to sleep in separate beds instead of one. Overall I really enjoyed her character.
But (now for real). Maybe a little spoiler from here on, but since it’s the reason that made me dnf…
She visits the exhibit because Jerry asks her to – I seriously wouldn’t have done that? Plus I wouldn’t have replied to a letter by a man I can’t remember?! But okay… not great but I can deal with this again-not-explainable-thing. She is asked to choose one tasks out of three. Two of them were okay, not great choices but I would have thought she would choose one of them. Instead this woman who doesn’t feel sexual attraction and who is rather repulsed by sex since she dreams of a marriage with separate beds choses the task to have sex with 7 (I think?) strangers. And I’m supposed to believe this and to be fine with it? Well guess what? I don’t and I’m not.
So I dnf-ed. And I’m not sorry. It’s great that there is an on the page ace character but not this way. There are aces who like sex or are neutral towards it and I would have read further if Magret didn’t state her feelings on this in her letter. Now I’m supposed to be okay with her saying “It’s only sex and since I don’t care for it, it will be easy”? Again, I’m not. End of story.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.