In a world where death is a thing of the past, how far would you go to solve your own murder?
NYPD detective Paul Donner and his wife, Elise, were killed in a hold-up gone wrong. Fifty years later, Donner is back: revived courtesy of the Shift. Supposedly the unintended side-effect of a botched biological terrorist attack and carried by a ubiquitous retrovirus, the Shift jump-starts dead DNA and throws the life cycle into reverse, so reborns like Donner must cope with the fact that they are not only slowly youthing toward a new childhood, but have become New York's most hated minority.
With New York quarantined beneath a geodesic blister, government and basic services have been outsourced by a private security corporation named Surazal. Reborns and infected norms alike struggle in a counterclockwise world, where everybody gets younger. You can see Elvis every night at Radio City Music Hall, and nobody has any hope of ever seeing the outside world. Lost in a sea of nostalgia, New York becomes an inwardly focused schizophrenic culture of alienation and loss.
In this backwards-looking culture, where only some of the dead have returned, Donner is haunted by revivers guilt, and becomes obsessed with finding out who killed him and his non-returning wife. Little does he know that strange forces have already begun tracking him. Donner isn't the only one obsessed with the past.
Sci-fi and noir collide in Michael Dempsey's Necropolis, which reveals a future New York where a biological terrorist attack had a strange side effect: The lifecycle of DNA has reversed, reanimating people who were dead and sending them back to childhood. A jazzy noir soundtrack underscores a pitch-perfect performance by voice actor Kevin T. Collins, who easily captures the angst and intrigue of the reborn NYPD detective Paul Donner. Under the biodome that contains the chaos of the Big Apple, Collins tensely narrates Donner's growing obsession with the past, following him in his attempts to track down the killers who were responsible for his death - and his wife's.
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Big dumb ideas about undying
Great premise, o.k. story, overdramatic narrator