The Postmortal, by Drew Magary
Book Description: 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.
My review: I absolutely loved the style this book was written in – compilations of journal entries, articles, transcripts of interviews and lists. It so perfectly captured the state of the world as it unraveled following the discovery of the “cure” for mortality.
The book was fantastic but my goodness was it ever dark. It wasn’t a difficult read, but sometimes I found myself slogging through it as I started to think: Does it ever get any better? It felt so realistic that you could practically see the events unfolding on the news. Humanity at its best and its worst. Magary is incredibly creative, and probably just this side of fucked up to come up with this book. I really recommend it, but maybe read something nice afterwards. My suggestion: Calvin and Hobbes.
Word of the day:
Ascetic: a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals and practices extreme self-denial or self-mortification for religious reasons; a person who leads an austerely simple life, especially one who abstains from the normal pleasures of life or denies himself or herself material satisfaction