I can read this once. And then countless times. And every time I do, it offers me something more, something different. It's an eccentric story, no less terrifying for it's rather interesting characters. A world where people are simply turned "off" when their time finishes - terrifying, right? The Ticktockman, if you haven't guessed already, is the one who does the turning off. Now Harlequin is the rebel character - only, he is a rebel with a cause. He spreads chaos (and jellybeans) and disturbs the general order of life - uniform life that holds the alternate world together. Keeps it functioning. There are so many layers to this story and you have to wonder about the genius of it's author considering he wrote it in less than twenty minutes. It's beautiful and I recommend it. To everyone.