Official Review: Intersection Operator by J. Jupes

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Official Review: Intersection Operator by J. Jupes

Post by ZenaLei7 » 16 Jan 2019, 13:47

[Following is an official review of "Intersection Operator" by J. Jupes.]
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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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Post by Anthony__ » 19 Jan 2019, 04:42

From your view description, the book seems intriguing. Pepper must be a determined person to stay that long for Intersection Operator. I wonder, what was going through Pepper's mind, when he had the Knock? Great review...

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Post by Sen_Suzumiya » 19 Jan 2019, 07:34

I do love mystery books but I'm not sure about this one, the plot seems a little bit confusing to me. Do you think the author could write this books in a way that the plot would be clearer?
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Post by Jessacardinal » 19 Jan 2019, 14:21

Well, this sounds terrifying! Pepper certainly leads a suspenseful life.
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Post by kdstrack » 20 Jan 2019, 14:42

I enjoy books that come up with unique ideas. This story line about the traffic lights operators stimulates the thinking about something we daily take for granted. Thanks for a great review.

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Post by Itskai88 » 21 Jan 2019, 12:40

"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". this part of your review made me laugh, it also made me want to read the book for myself, Pepper's character is a fascinating one. Thank you so much for this amazing review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Jan 2019, 17:57

I saw this one, and it made me very curious. Dystopian books are my forte. Love them. It just seems a bit odd to me. I can't quite get a handle on it. I guess I'll just have to try it. Thanks.
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Post by Faithmwangi » 22 Jan 2019, 07:33

I have to admit this is not my kind of book. It looks so mysterious and exciting at the same time which is a good thing but the ever suspenseful element is a turn off. I will not be giving the read a try but thanks for the review.
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