The inscription preceding Drew Magary’s first novel, The Postmortal (Penguin, August ), is a quote from the band Mastodon. Though. The Postmortal, by Drew Magary, is the first-hand account of what happens when a cure for aging is discovered. The story is told to us by. About a third of the way through The Postmortal, in a chapter executed as a roundup of Internet links, Drew Magary shifts the focus away from.

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I loved this book. The story is told through the eyes of John Farrell, a 29 year old lawyer at the time he takes the Cure. The concept is interesting and Magary pulls out some fun twists, but it’s not enough to save the book.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. This was an incredibly thought provoking book. Preview — The Postmortal by Drew Magary.

Dick Award Nominee This cure doesn’t encompass any diseases like cancer, AIDS, or even the common flu. Immediately, the idea of eternal youth starts affecting people.

Sep 08, Kara rated it it was ok.

The Postmortal

It’s not quite able to be what it wants to be, which is the Postmortal – a fascinating, pragmatic and restrained deconstruction of a future where no one needs to get old and di It’s hard, with some books, to figure out what point on the five star scale to land amgary.

It was shocking to find how polished and accomplished “the hike” was and even more so to find “The Postmortal” to be a personal I absolutely loved Magary’s second novel The Hike a bizarre, brilliantly written story that crew off to me like a compressed version of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower”.

The writing in this is quite good but nowhere near the quality of “the Hike”. So after three false starts let’s see if I can get this thing reviewed. He’s selfish, apathetic, and occasionally violent, but given the book’s opinion of humanity, that’s perhaps par for the dgew.


The Postmortal by Drew Magary

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All that’s left now is the end, which is all any of us ever has. I live in New Hampshire and both Concord and Nashua are mentioned, and I read this while on the train yesterday to NYC to see Book of Mormon awesome show, go see itand a lot of it takes place in NYC, then moves down to the DC area, even mentioning specific neighborhoods and streets I traveled last weekend while in the capitol to see Danai Gurira’s play The Convert.

There are plenty of other ways to die, and plenty of other people who want to make sure you do. He bears witness to some truly horrible things and they do affect him greatly if impermanently, but he generally gets lucky most of the time. There were times that I was almost moved to tears by Farrell’s emotion – when he’s with his father, when he relates the birth of his son.

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He lives in Maryland with his wife and three children, and enjoys taking long walks. What’s funny is that the narrative device the text is a blog kept by the narrator recovered at a later future date reminded me a lot of The Handmaid’s Tale.

He became the End Specialist.

The book covers about sixty years of John’s life, from his cure to his eventual career as an “end specialist,” someone who kills postmortals who no longer wish to stay alive. Told through what is essentially a series of electronic diary entries written by a man named John Farrell, The Postmortal chronicles the near-future where a cure for aging has been discovered and humanity has taken its first tentative steps toward immortality.


For the rest of the book, Magary details exactly why this would be a terrible scenario. In actuali There’s a lot to really like about this book. I really loved the first half of this novel. Nov 07, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: I wasn’t as invested as I should have been and the plot unfolded in a “just so” way. This is a sobering and, in its way, a cautionary tale. From the Trade Paperback edition. When John Farrell finds out about the cure, he knows he has to have it.

Stay in Touch Sign up. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Another example, he was remembering this girl he had a crush on when he was in highschool and he had this to say about it: Yet there remained, deep in the back of my mind, the tiniest shred of doubt.

Re-read Feb I often credit the End Specialist with being the book that got me back into reading, which sounds a bit odd when you take into account that it was a book I grabbed off the shelf of the library I’d been working in for a year and a half. And now it has found me.

Dreary world, filled to pstmortal brim with hordes of postmortal humans doing everything like is usual for us to make in inhabitable.

The author takes the idea and really follows it through, decades later, to see what would truly happen to a world society that had the potential not to age. Related Links Contact us about speaking engagements with Drew Magary.

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