Author: Drew Magary
Rating: 3 Stars
Review By: Shana
Take my 3 stars with a grain of salt—this is a very tough book to review. As a pure story, I did not love this book. The narrator is not sympathetic, his emotions and motivations are eminently shallow, and his romances have all the depth of a high school attachment. In many ways, the world he lays out lacks dimension, sort of a stage set for ideas. However, as a thought-piece—triggering musings on life and death, motivation and commitment, overpopulation and environmental challenges, euthanasia and disease, religion and class—it is excellent.
Magary offers us a thumbnail sketch of a world where aging has been cured but not everyone can afford or wants to afford such a cure. As a starting point, this works incredibly well to seed the reader's own consideration of a variety of topics, from the mundane to the existential.
In the end, I recommend this to anyone who would like to look the gift horse of never aging in the mouth, who would like to contemplate all the ways in which humanity can deteriorate even when they don't physically deteriorate, lovers of dystopia and black humor, and the like. Just don't expect to like any characters or really delve into the emotional life of the protagonist. This book works best as a springboard to deeper thoughts and a way to maybe, just a little bit, be glad you won’t live forever.
My love of reading was sparked in 3rd grade by the promise of personal pan pizzas via the BOOK IT! Program. Hmmmm... any chance that someone might give adults free food for reading? Asking for a friend...