It is impossible to sum up all of the elements of this book. The book is a work of fiction, but it incorporates many of the pervasive conspiracy theories in America. The Kennedy assassination is covered, as are pyramids. At one point the characters discuss good band names, leading to a three page long list. That fascinated me and was one of my favorite moments. The difference between this and straight up conspiracy theory is that it is presented with a satirical viewpoint. As I read this book, I wondered if some people were taking it as fact and if others were rolling their eyes. I liked this book because it challenged my perception. I would recommend this book to fans of science fiction and to conspiracy buffs. But also, I think people with a dark sense of humor would really enjoy it.
Filled with sex and violence--in and out of time and space--the three books of The Illuminatus are only partly works of the imagination. They tackle all the coverups of our time--from who really shot the Kennedys to why there's a pyramid on a one-dollar bill.