The Postmortal – Drew Magary
Sci-fi, romance, adult themes, comedy, action, anti-aging, fiction
In the Postmortal by Drew Magary, it is a post-apocalyptic world where there is a cure to aging, but sadly one can still die, just not peacefully. John Farrell, the main character, goes and gets the cure illegally at a great cost and risk. Shortly after he gets the cure, it is legalized and this is where the chaos starts. Married couples across the world get cures together, then realizing that “till death due us part” would last forever, so they all divorce. Wars between pro-cure and anti-cures result in these men painted green causing crime by finding people and carving their birthday into their skin as well in which John is one of the victims of this. After a couple decades, the government creates a program for euthanasia for those who had got the cure and don’t want to live anymore, they can choose to be put to sleep. John becomes one of these people who does this for a living. In the end, he dies happily knowing that he met his end.
My thoughts on this book is, it’s worth giving it a read. Whether one is into science fiction or not, this truly gives insight about a possibility of a reaction should there be a cure for aging. However among the laughs this book gave me, it did make me question some events and I also cried, I never cry while reading a book unless its really sad. Excellent book and I would forever keep this book in my library and reread it.
Magary, Drew. The Postmortal: a Novel. Penguin Books, 2011.