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.
"A must-read for fans of postmodern dystopia in the vein of Margaret Atwood, Chuck Palahniuk, and Neil Gaiman." (Library Journal)
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Interesting concept but bleak and wearing
- Amazon Customer
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+
- Patrick S.