For decades Mr. Brooks has entertained the world with intelligent thought-provoking satire through television and film. The bright-colored cover belies a disheartening story. The first half of '2030' was interesting in his extrapolations of what might occur not far down the road. Many of the issues revolving around healthcare and the waning power of the United States seem plausible. However, the story was delivered in a bland manner. It felt more like I was reading a script that would only truly shine if the thing was portrayed by actors. I honestly don't know how one author can arrange words in a manner that makes a story captivating while another author telling the same story would create a dull tale. For me, in 2030's case, it's the latter. I did not care two spits about any of the characters in the story.
At its core, '2030' is about mortality and is it possible for a nation to have too much of a good thing? Technological advances in medicine have extended the lives of many. Back when I was growing up in the nineteen-sixties and seventies, it was notable when someone died in their eighties or nineties. Now when I look at the obituaries they overwhelmingly feature octogenarians and septuagenarians. Mr. Brooks simply applies the medical community's predictions that people will soon be living to be over a hundred. The author covers such things as healthcare, the national debt, old people living so long that they become a financial burden to younger generations, the privatization of healthcare, nuclear war, assisted suicide, how would our country handle a major catastrophe such has the complete destruction of Los Angeles because of a record-breaking earthquake, political as well as oligarchic machinations at the expense of the poor and needy, and China's ascension into the most powerful nation in the world. They are all valid issues but, sadly, the author's bland delivery couldn't keep my attention.
You may find Mr. Brook's writing style engaging. Unlike me, others who reviewed his book loved it. At the very least '2030' will make you think.