Occupied by Joss Sheldon is a lengthy examination of a stratified society in which levels cooperate when it is in the perceived interests of rulers and where levels brutalize and destroy each other when it is in the interests of those same rulers. Since the common denominator is “rulers” the novel examines who they are, how they got there, and what the effect is on everyone and everything subject to their control. The writing is done with cynicism, sarcasm, and clever wordplay where institutions and countries familiar to us in today’s world are renamed but still recognizable. (I watched the conflict between Pizza Home and Pizza House play out in Cambodia several years ago). There are puns. There are connecting devices that appear in rhythmic regularity. (Watch out for the madwoman, she is everywhere, giving advice on everything). There is also am an omnipresent ladybug.