• The End Specialist
  • Reviewer: leefish
  • Drew Magary
  • Genre: Fiction SciFi
  • Rating: 7/10
  • Review Type: Book Review
Description from Amazon.com

A gripping, compulsive thriller set in a future where the cure for aging has been discovered… to devastating consequences

“You got me. I don’t want to die. I’m terrified of death. I fear there’s nothing beyond it and that this existence is the only one I’ll ever possess. That’s why I’m here.”
(An excerpt from the digital journal of John Farrell, cure age 29)

2019. Humanity has witnessed its greatest scientific breakthrough yet: the cure for ageing. Three injections and you’re immortal – not bulletproof or disease-proof but you’ll never have to fear death by old age.

For John Farrell, documenting the cataclysmic shifts to life after the cure becomes an obsession. Cure parties, cycle marriages, immortal livestock: the world is revelling in the miracles of eternal youth. But immortality has a sinister side, and when a pro-death terrorist explosion kills his newly-cured best friend, John soon realizes that even in a world without natural death, there is always something to fear.

Leefish says: I liked it - it was fun read, but not as good as Room. The book only scratches the surface of a interesting premise - the cure for old age - and the effect on the world around us. Though the author does a good job with his character it is

1) Very America focused
2) Very male focused
3) Somewhat superficial in it's investigation of the idea of the effects.

Verdict: Get it second-hand or on sale or from the library.

#2 15-12-2012
Haven't read this book - but have read 'Methusalah's Children' by Heinlein that touches on a similiar theme.

It looks at the differences between the haves and the have-nots.

And what is life anyway. Worth a read, and I'd be interested in what you think of it in comparison.

#3 16-12-2012
Dang my library for not carrying this book. I'll have to keep a lookout for it - it sounds interesting! Thanks for the rec, lee.

ETA: Aha! Turns out the North American title of this book is "The Postmortal". That's what it's listed as in my library. Big Grin


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