Reading Jon felt as though I was reading something Kurt Vonnegut, who is one of my most favorite authors. I really enjoyed reading this story and its criticism on commercialism. The story makes celebrities out of young people who choose what is cool , ” TrendSetters” and TasteMakers” are trading cards. These kids are raised up in praise of their decision making. The people in this society worship commercialism. The only way that these child celebrities are able to break out is love. In this sense it is very similar to the novel “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro–which is about a home for children **SPOILER** who have been cloned for the purpose of harvesting their organs. In the book there is a rumor that there is a way to get out of donating if they can prove they are in love. In this story, Jon/Randy and Caitlyn are in love and their overseer Mr. Slippen has a deep connection to the two of them. Mr.Slippen does not want them to continue down the life path they are on. This insistence makes the reader assume that the baby that died of Meningitis was purposefully ignored.
Jon/Randy is supposed to a be wonder kid in terms being a TasteMaker, he is encouraged to stay put and continue his work. To help him deal with his loss of Caitlyn, he becomes hooked on Aurabon which is a medication that it induces happiness. Sanders makes an interesting criticism on commercialism and children. The young people choose what is cool at the loss of their feeling the way the want to, and the adults get hooked on what the young people deem is cool.