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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Postmortal by Drew Magary. John Farrell is about to get “The Cure. 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.
The Postmortal by Drew Magary
Immortality, however, comes with its own unique problems-including evil green people, government euthanasia programs, John Farrell is about to get “The Cure. 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. Paperbackpages. Dick Award Nominee To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Postmortalplease sign up.
Is this magzry same book as The Postmortal? Stephen Plstmortal believe so.
Postmortal is the US title. I believe End Specialist is the UK title. See all 3 questions about The Postmortal…. Lists with This Book. Death is the only thing keeping us in line. Dreary world, filled to the brim with hordes of postmortal humans doing everything like is usual for us to make in inhabitable. Will we ever build the freaking long-range spaceships to fling ourselves from this ovvercrowded earth?? I need me a good space tale to get the horrible visions from this book out of my head.
You can not hide from the world. It will find you. And now i Q: And now it has found me. My split second of immortality is over. All that’s left now is the end, which is all any of us ever has.
But everything’s always been fucked up. Since the dawn of time. That’s why people find each other. They find their own little crevice in the world, shielded from all the horror. Sep 23, Michael rated it it was ok. It’s hard, with some books, to figure out what point on the five star scale to land on. This could have been a 2,3 or 4, so I’ve copped out a little and ended with a 3.
The problem with the Postmortal, or the End Specialist as it is more appropriately named in the UK, is quite well illustrated by its two different titles. 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 on.
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 die. The ideas in the book and the reaction of humanity to this breakthrough seems very plausible, and it is a commendable novel of ideas.
However, the early part of the book contains warning signs. Clumsy prose, ill-timed, platitude ridden dialogue lifted from a thriller cut-out book, an overwhelming desire to tell, tell, tell ‘I’ve seen a thunderstorm and it reminds me of THIS’ and characters that seem to not matter when they are hilariously killed off here and there, unemotional, flat and uninteresting. This would be fine if the Postmortal pressed on with its agenda of explaining Drew Margery’s vision of the future, but it collapses and about halfway through becomes a lazy thriller ploughing through the noir-ish day job of the end specialist.
It becomes undisciplined – deus ex machina on top of deus ex machina, seemingly forgetting that it is actually supposed to be a journal entry why do this? Just don’t make it a journal. Is is fascinating, and I also feel it is not cynical.
It has the rapture of a first novel. The prose is dull at times, the dialogue self-conscious mxgary it is ultimately a moral book, innocent, and well-adjusted without being philosophical or moving. It shows a harrowing and very plausible dystopia, something in itself really quite commendable. View all 5 comments. Mar 11, Rachel Popham rated it did not like it Shelves: A testament to unimaginative large-scale misery porn, this book translates everything that’s condescending, brainless, and voiceless about lazy dystopian fiction into something approaching bullet-point format.
Feb 27, Bradley rated it really liked poshmortal Shelves: I really loved the first half of this novel.
It was disturbing and absolutely divine the way it explored the whole issue of what happens after we cure old age: And then our MC had his change. He became the End Specialist. I d I really loved the first half of this novel. I didn’t hate this part, but it wasn’t easy to read.
I didn’t like seeing his soul erode. I liked him for so long. It was like seeing cancer take over a loved one. But it felt real as hell.
This is a novel to read when you want a serious “be careful what you wish for”. Make sure no one else gets their wishes. Otherwise, well, it’s a Chinese curse. Either way, it’s a great novel. Painful and funny and glorious. The end is very bittersweet and perfectly in line with the main theme. Feb 12, Dan rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’m out of book reviewing shape among other kinds of shapeand it’s hard to get back into the swing of things if there ever was a swing. I always have a number of false starts when trying to write reviews.
I usually start off with an idea for a review only to grow frustrated and switch into adjectival blabber.
So after three false starts let’s see if I can get this thing reviewed. What would happen to our world when the cure for aging, and thus dying of old age, is commonly available? Would I’m out of book reviewing shape among other kinds of shapeand it’s hard to get back into the swing of things if there ever was a swing. Would you take the cure like I’d expect most people would, or would you oppose the cure at all costs?
Luckily for us, we don’t have to seriously make decisions like this yet. We are also lucky because the world Magary paints is alarmingly similar to how I’d imagine things would play out.
Within this disturbing, violent and doomed world we see that the story is a ultimately a search for meaning and morality. How can you go wrong with that? It’s hard to say whether I’d magar the cure.
Part of me is interested in seeing firsthand how we destroy ourselves and it would give me the opportunity to read all of the books I know I’ll never get around to with my currently limited life span.
However another part of me is afraid of magafy I’d become if presented with the chance for immortality. Re-read Feb I often credit the End Specialist with being the book that got me back into postmodtal, which sounds a bit odd when you mahary 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.
It wasjust such a surprising breath of fresh, rancid air that it reignited my late teen love affair with reading and set me on the path to hipster reader wankerness that ;ostmortal attained today. Chronicling the life of John Farrell, a blogging late’s 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.
Chronicling the life of John Farrell, a blogging late’s fellow who takes the Cure for Aging in making him a year older than methe End Specialist is shown in the form of autobiographical blog posts by John. The timeline of the book covers almost 60 years, from to the late ‘s, and jumps ahead several times. John’s blog posts are our window into postmoftal changing place in a world that is slowly but surely tearing itself apart.
I’m not sure whether this posmortal was necessary, or altogether successful – the prologue basically shoehorned in states that these blog posts were all found decades after the fact, and it seems unnecessary to me upon re-reading.
Why not just make it an ordinary narrative? As it is, I found myself magaey wondering “Who would write about this on their Tumblr blog? Regardless, the worldbuilding on display is very good, and is the main thing that I remember taking away from it on my first reading.