• Finalist for the Philip K. Dick and Arthur C. Clarke Awards •
The gripping first novel by Drew Magary, Deadspin columnist, GQ correspondent, and author of The Hike
"An exciting page turner. . . . Drew Magary is an excellent writer. The Postmortal is . . . even more terrifying than zombie apocalypse." — Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing
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.
The "postmortals" of the title of this debut novel, set in the near future, have voluntarily undertaken "the cure," a form of gene therapy that bestows eternal youth although not immortality: recipients can still die of disease or be killed. But as narrator John Farrell explains, taking the cure is a way of sitting "in immortality's waiting room." An odd mixture of satire and dystopian fantasy, this thoughtful novel cleverly explores the consequences of having a long-term lease on life, from the mundane (a woman realizes "I'm always gonna get my period") to the profound (the world's resources exhausted by an ever-growing population) through a series of short, date-stamped blog posts found in 2090 and considered "one of the definitive personal records of life in the former United States" during the 60 years after the cure was discovered. The premise is fascinating, and Magary, a comic sports blogger and satirist (Men with Balls), has an eye for the odd, surprising detail that makes science fiction credible. The plot, though, is little more than an extended exploration of the ramifications of the cure, none of them pleasant. While there's a certain pleasure in watching this brave new world unfold on the page, the narrator's passivity becomes tiresome, and the dry, ironic tone is at odds with the dark vision of a future gone amok.
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Great subject and Drew did a great job hitting on just about every question that popped into my head and a few I never would have thought of. Aside from a little too liberal with the metaphors I thought it was an outstanding first novel, especially considering he usually spends his days writing Drunken Hookup Failures and assorted poop related columns...
Fantastic, disturbing read on humanity’s destructive creations.
I’ve revisited this book at least three times in recent years and found new things to love on each read-through. Magary’s approachable prose, keen prescience for world events that have or might still come to pass, and diaristic style here keep you coming back for more at the end of each entry. Every copy I’ve lent to friends has never come back, so buying it digitally is probably my best bet for keeping a version of it happily around.
Read this book in one day , could not put it down. By far one of the best books I have read. It's filled with surprises and really opens your eyes to humanity. At loss for words as I have just finished it.