3 out of 4 stars
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Intersection Operator by J. Jupes is a short novel filled with suspense and mystery. Written in the third person perspective, the story is set in a dystopian world where intersection operators are in charge of running the traffic lights. The traffic lights were run by computers until terrorists hacked the systems and caused mayhem. When people were hired to control the traffic lights, another group of terrorists beheaded some of the new hires. Security was increased, and the beheadings were stopped, but no one found out who was behind these attacks.
After working at Melkin’s Plastics for 19 years, Pepper wants out. The incessant jeering and criticisms by his coworkers as well as his demotion propel Pepper to apply for what he considers to be his dream job, to become an Intersection Operator. However, he finds out that the job is highly competitive, and the waiting list can take up to 5 years. After 5 years, a position opens up and he eagerly takes it. The initial excitement slowly turns to dread when a persistent knocking sound starts up during the early morning hours as he is working. Day after day, between 2 to 4 in the morning, the knocking sound begins. As he desperately finds a way to deal with it, he starts to question if it has anything to do with the terrorist attacks years before.
At first, the story started off slowly, but then it got more suspenseful near the end. The author did a wonderful job creating a plot that was intricate and complex. The author doesn’t explicitly say what is going on in the story but provided hints that helped me to deduce the gist of the story. However, there were still parts of the book that left me confused because I had to figure out from the Pepper's viewpoint what was happening. The author left enough clues that helped me to figure out what Pepper was going through, but in the end, I was left wanting more details of the ending.
Moreover, what I liked the most about the book were the characters. I found the characters to be dynamic and interesting, especially Pepper. From the very first page of the book, I found myself questioning if Pepper was sane or not. He seemed to be a stickler for rules, and his way of talking to himself in Morse code often distanced him from his coworkers.
Overall, I would rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I mainly gave it 3 stars instead of 4 due to the grammatical errors that I came across. Besides the grammatical errors, I found the book to be thought-provoking and intriguing. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy dystopian and mystery books.
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