In the future, love is complicated and death is not necessarily the end. Love Minus Eighty follows several interconnected people in a disquieting vision of romantic life in the century to come.
There's Rob, who accidentally kills a jogger, then sacrifices all to visit her in a cryogenic dating facility, seeking forgiveness but instead falling in love.
Veronika, a shy dating coach, finds herself coaching the very woman who is stealing the man she loves.
And Mira, a gay woman accidentally placed in a heterosexual dating center near its inception, desperately seeks a way to reunite with her frozen partner as the years pass.
In this daring and big-hearted novel based on the Hugo-winning short story, the lovelorn navigate a word in which technology has reached the outer limits of morality and romance.
©2013 Will McIntosh (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Futuristic tale done well. The author does a good job drawing a picture of an advanced society and it's inhabitants. Believable characters, unique story line. It could have moved a little faster but it worked for me.
A clever premise, brilliantly executed. A romantic love story at first glance, but the further you delve into this world, the more interesting the themes that relate to our own time that question love, technology and mortality become. The novel pushes the idea of objectification to its very extreme - whether it’s a frozen mail bride whose only hope to return to life is to enter permanent indentured servitude of her reviver, or even rather well-off people that must lead their lives as if in a reality TV show, or lose followers and risk irrelevancy.
The picture Will McIntosh paints here is an exceedingly grim one. Characters are powerless to escape the various levels of exploitation they live through. Social injustice in a post-collapse future is not reduced by advanced tech. There’s a cure for most diseases, even death, but only if you can afford it, and most people can’t. The gap between rich and poor has widened dramatically. The most affluent can afford to live in New York’s High Town, the rest in the run-down suburbs. Personal augmented reality devices block out unpleasant sights and smells of poverty and decay, making more privileged people that can make a difference oblivious to the struggles of the poor - let them eat synthetic cake.
Tech of the future described in this book brings omnipresent social networking to a next level of over-sharing - reality TV-style 24/7 voyeurism binge - a somewhat disturbing but utterly believable progression of current social networking trends. Body systems allow users to be online everywhere, all the time. In its conglomeration of social media, Love Minus Eighty makes a telling point about all the people who "take time away from their own pathetic lives to watch [a self-made celebrity] live hers."
Cryonics has become a viable industry, but of course only the rich can afford to have their bodies frozen and revived. However, if you happen to be an attractive young woman, you may be eligible for a free period of cryonic preservation, as long as rich patrons express their interest. The only hope of revival for frozen mail order brides is acting exactly the way rich, pervy bridesicle customers expect.
At the same time, there is also a sweet, romantic touch. Even in the bitter darkness of this novel’s future, there is love, friendship and loyalty. Main characters are somewhat two-dimensional in Disney-like simplicity of motives and portrayal, and there’s there is a clear division between likable and unlikable characters, but still are very likeable and engaging.
As for narration, i prefer if they didn’t use Eileen Stevens - her attempt to speak in a lower voice when reading for male characters is a little jarring. Kevin T. Collins and Ali Ahn are great.
Living is easy with eyes closed... and headphones on.
Not sure I will but I think so. I just now finished it so I remember it all quite well.
The downwards spiraling of Rob's emotions when things take a turn for the worse about halfway through the book.
The narrators were excellent, they really conveyed emotions well, and it made it easier for me to just close my eyes, sit back and imagine the scenes, their expressions, the future.
I did think I was getting a bit teary towards the end, or better yet, I got very emotional. I felt the characters' pain, and I know what it's like to have things not work out in real life, so I found myself very much wishing it could all work out for them at the end.
I just recently heard somewhere that in life we often pick up just the right book we need at that time in our lives. True, this was just what I needed. In fact was looking for something like this for a while, only it actually combined two topics: a profound love story (but not the horrible porn-ish so called "romance" books), and a sci-fi books dealing more with the neuroscience aspect (minds, clones, AI, existentialism, etc). What a breath of fresh air.
"I'll be a story in your head, but that's OK. We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? The Doctor
No, but that is because I have about 40 in my wish list. But if my wish list was completed and I would.
The love stories. I was surprised I became so involved with them.
The were good. I like how they each did their own person. Good concept.
Yes. I couldn't wait to start it again. I would even listen to it while I was running.
narrator wasn't bad - book however was hard to follow and poorly written
a little anger that more detail weren't given for the listener/reader to understand what was going on
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