When I read Robert Sheckley’s The Status Civilization a few years ago, I called it “SF satire and adventure story rolled into one fun read”.
You can see if I was smoking crack by heading over to Librivox and downloading the audio version of The Status Civilization. Here’s Wikipedia’s book description:
The Status Civilization concerns Will Barrent, a man who finds himself, without memory of any crime or, indeed, of his previous life, being shipped across space to the planet Omega. Omega, used to imprison extreme offenders, has a hierarchical society of extreme brutality, where the only way to advance (and avoid dying) is to commit an endless series of crimes. The average life expectancy from time of arrival on Omega is three years. The story concerns Barrent’s attempt to survive, escape, and return to Earth to clear himself of the accusations against him.