John Farrell is about to get "The Cure". Old age can never kill him now. The only problem is, everything else still can.
Imagine a near future where a cure for aging is discovered and - after much political and moral debate - made available to people worldwide. Immortality, however, comes with its own unique problems, including evil green people, government euthanasia programs, a disturbing new religious cult, and other horrors.
Witty, eerie, and full of humanity, The Postmortal is an unforgettable thriller that envisions a pre-apocalyptic world so real that it is completely terrifying.
©2011 Drew Magary (P)2011 Tantor
"A must-read for fans of postmodern dystopia in the vein of Margaret Atwood, Chuck Palahniuk, and Neil Gaiman." (Library Journal)
I heard about this novel from Boing Boing's Gweek podcast. I was interested in the description and the thought provoking points the author was addressing. I confess to disappointment due to my own expectations and my review of the book is tainted by the fact that this story is simply not what I wanted it to be.
This is a story of the worst in humanity. Tragedy, cruelty and self destruction are the primary tenants of this novel and it seems to me that it pushes too far. My experience in life has not been one of villains at every corner and irreversible self destruction. These traits exist, and are not rare, but are not the norm. I have not read "The Road" because I heard enough about it to know I would not like it. It is a story about the failure of humanity, and so is this.
As I said, it is unfair for me to judge this book by comparing it to a story I wish I had heard, so I will attempt to review it for what it is. It is clever in its ability to be thought provoking and subtle in its ability to follow the cascade of seemingly unrelated problems to a potential correlation. The characters are far from flat, but most seem to be flawed in an un-compelling way, letting things happen to them.
The story is full of detail and thought, but the series of events is bleak and soul sucking. I feel it is a short sided product of the general "everything sucks" attitude of the moment. It is easy to look at the news for a day or a year or 10 and feel that we are doomed, but the majority of human history, while not all sunshine and daisies, trends upwards. I feel that stories like this err on the side of pessimism and nihilism.
The narration is fitting for the story, but that's not a good thing. What little brevity and hope there was in the story is squashed by the narrators depressed reading.
Enjoyment of this book is dependent, as with virtually anything, on your world view. If you want to like the protagonist in any story you are reading then you will most likely want to pass on The Post-Mortal. If you enjoy and good "life sucks and then you die" french film then this may be the book for you.
I may give another of the author's works a shot, it is not a bad book, I just didn't enjoy the story arc, the general outlook and the narration.
Yes, it's good sci-fi with far reaching implications within the world
It's the end of humanity and death
What sold me in this book, other than the interesting plot, were the reviews talking about how bleak and sad the story was. Sold! This book felt a little like John Scalzi's The Dispatcher which was great.
As far as bleak and sad, there are elements of it. The decent of man due to the limiting of death is interesting to watch. There are some elements and implications that are very logical to see and there were some surprises of the events covered. The way the story is written you're able to get a good picture of what's happening throughout the world without the main character having to exposition everything. Some of that happens but some points are explained in new feeds which feel pretty fluid within the stories. I wish there would have been more.
My biggest complaint is actually with the beginning. The start of the book almost acts as a big spoiler to everything else. I wish the story would have concluded with it. The actual ending isn't as hard hitting as it could be and the beginning would have a greater impact if on the final outcome.
The main character is pretty every man which is good. The changes he goes through as a normal guy makes a good juxtaposition to what path he takes. The events are pretty believable although I would have liked to see a few more details on how religion would develop or change. It does play a part in the story but the ethical changes to the world could have been even more interesting and was probably a detriment to the story. The changes to ethics just kind of happen.
Overall, the bleakness and sadness are the highlights of the story and the main character is the right fit for the need of the story. Final grade - B+
absolutely not. this is a mediocore book in an amazing genre.
It's written like it wants to be optioned into a movie or tv show. that's one of the biggest problems with it.
Interesting premise and starts off pretty good but the whole 3rd act is basically a weak post appocalyptic movie.
I was prepared for the exciting tone that accompanies most post apocalyptic /zombie/sci-fi novels but I was incorrect in my expectations. This book was more drama than any of the genres above.
It was an interesting premise. And it had a few really innovative moments.
Bought this on a whim and figured it would be one of those books I never finish. Boy was I wrong! I found the writing to be very good, the storyline was excellent. I was sad when I finished the book as at that point I was so invested in the main character. I really think this book would make a fantastic movie.
Yes, it's a dark book, but it really makes you think too. The characters feel real.
It's worth the read, seriously, give it a go!
Very thought provoking and very satisfying read. The best of science fiction, and a very human story with heart and realism
Overall, yes. It was thought-provoking.
So this is a tough book to review and take my 3 stars with a grain of salt. As a pure story, I did not love this book. The narrator is not sympathetic, his emotions and motivations are eminently shallow and his romances have all the depth of a high school attachment. However, as a thought-piece triggering musings on life and death, motivation and commitment, overpopulation and environmental challenges, euthanasia and disease, religion and class, it is excellent. The thumbnail sketches of a world where aging has been cured (but not everyone can afford or wants to afford such a cure) work incredibly well to seed the reader's own consideration of a variety of topics, from the mundane to the existential. In the end, I recommend this to anyone who would like to look the gift horse of never aging in the mouth, who would like to contemplate all the ways in which humanity can deteriorate even when they don't physically deteriorate, lovers of dystopia and black humor and the like. Just don't expect to like any characters or really delve into the emotional life of the protagonist; this book works best as a springboard to deeper thoughts and a way to maybe, just a little bit, be glad you will only live for so long.
I would definitely recommend. It's a twisted storyline that always makes you wonder what is next.
It made me think. The author explored corners that I wouldn't have thought about on my own. Very inventive in story Iine.
There were parts that were eye opening. Surprising.
Can't stop talking about. I want a friend to read it so I have someone to talk to about it
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