Waiting on Wednesday: The Postmortal by Drew Magary

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

This week I have no preamble.  I was going through email, tripped over this book and thought "Man, I really wish I could read that book right now."  And so that's why it's this week's W.O.W. pick.


The Postmortal: A Novel
Drew Magary

Penguin
Releases on Aug. 30
320 pages
Buy it on Amazon here

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.

I found this book via the daily Shelf Awareness newsletter.  I hadn't even heard about it before yesterday, and despite my previously mentioned book-induced depression, the review that I read really hooked me.  A lot of pop culture things have embraced the whole immortality thing, most recently Torchwood: Miracle Day.  This sounds like it will be a little less bleak than Torchwood (and hopefully make a lot more sense too), despite the government euthanasia programs.  I mean, how can a book involving evil green people not at least have a bit of black humor involved?  I also like the idea that people can live forever, but they aren't invencible.  It sounds like you can still die from all the things that can kill you anyway, but if you avoid injury/illness/getting hit by a bus, you could stick around forever.  That isn't a concept I've seen utilized recently.

 

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