The Postmortal

The Postmortal

A Novel

Book - 2011
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* 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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780143119821
0143119826
Branch Call Number: FIC SF
SF MAG
Characteristics: 369 p. ;,20 cm

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navdamme
Aug 11, 2017

This book has emotionally drained me, it has ripped me open and left me feeling raw and scared. The most terrifying part of this book is how true it is to the human condition. Please, just try it. It may be very difficult to read sometimes but I think it has an important message. I also want to add that the ending is just so....right? I don't know how to describe it, it is just the right ending. Please read it.

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mexicanadiense
Sep 07, 2016

As someone only heretofore familiar with Magary's endless fecal anecdotes and conjectures courtesy of Deadspin.com I was pleasantly surprised at how visionary, and dark! this debut novel of his was. Although it's a story that's been told before, Magary's vision of dystopian immortality in the 21st century social media world was compelling.

The notion that internet trolls, faced with an eternity of boredom and dwindling shock value, would band together to humiliate and maim people faced with an eternity of fear and dejection was an astute and disturbing one, for one.

Although the story suffers the usual contrivances (a huge overpopulated world gets reduced to 2-3 key characters intersecting over the decades) I still wholeheartedly recommend this book, and I'll probably give his latest, The Hike, a look as well.

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john_doh17
May 28, 2014

Death is really not so bad. The story was a pretty interesting look at how it would play out if we could stop the aging process. The characters were engaging if not super memorable. It seems like the environmental impacts were played down a bit. The other technical flaws that occurred to me were that you would still get sun damage (wrinkles) and that menopause would still occur (unless I missed him giving some technical innovation to prevent that).

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pigirl
Aug 08, 2012

This is a very good almost sci-fi book. It's not told in a terribly fanatical way. It's written quite well. Magary has proven his potential.

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Basileus
Jun 13, 2012

An excellent book with an interesting premise: a cure for aging is discovered. Not quite immortality since you are still vulnerable to violence or disease. The author presents a slightly more extreme scenario in such a case, but he covers all the bases: overpopulation, diminishing resources, domestic terrorism and global conflict. The book is written in diary (or more accurately blog) form, so it is a fairly quick read. He doesn't get to bogged down with philisophical questions, but they are there. Highly recommended.

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cmwallsm
Mar 16, 2012

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The premise of a world in which a cure for aging has been invented is terrifying. The dystopian storyline rivals Margaret Atwood (even if the prose doesn't quite reach that level of brilliance). Magary writes very well and the book is often very witty, even with all its horror. Brilliant. Unputdownable!

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Aug 11, 2017

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