Review: The Postmortal

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The PostmortalThe Postmortal by Drew Magary
Published by Penguin on August 30, 2011
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 369
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars

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.

What an amazing book! Everyone knows I love dystopias, so imagine me doing a happy dance at finding a really great one. What I loved about this book was that Magary took such a philosophical view of the subject, considering the myriad reactions to and consequences of such a scientific breakthrough.

For example, people nowadays like to blather about the state of the family and all of that jazz, but imagine if everyone lived forever…could you make a marriage last indefinitely? When large changes happen, particularly dramatic ones, people turn to religion, so mightn’t a new religion form? Because there are less deaths but the births aren’t stopping, overpopulation is liable to become a huge problem. This might lead to harsher punishments for criminals, especially considering that it’s one thing for the state to pay for life in prison for 60 some years and another to pay for what could be hundreds of years. Magary considers all of these issues and so many more…and I loved every minute of it.

The book starts with a frame story, a brief memo dated 2093, in which it is explained that the rest of the book consists of what are essentially diary entries by a man named John Farrell. These entries are intended to show why the cure can never be legalized. Starting the book off this way is a really interesting move, since it means that the reader has a good amount of knowledge of the ending at the beginning. This could seriously backfire, but it certainly didn’t for me. Actually, the only thing I would change about it adding a brief frame story note to the end of the file as well.

I really want to see more from Drew Magary in the hopefully not too distant future, either later on in the post-postmortal society or some other fictional world entirely. If you love a book that makes you think or want something to incite some discussion in your book club, do not miss this one!

 

One response to “Review: The Postmortal”

  1. Nori says:

    This is the bonus book I got with The Magicians! I’m really excited to read it now. Your review just made it sound amazing!

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