2030 by Albert Brooks
The Real Story of What Happens to America

75%

13 Critic Reviews

In "Twenty Thirty," chapters are short, big things happen, and history's march is conveyed in neat summations (the two Koreas mate in the span of a paragraph).
-LA Times

Synopsis

Is this what's in store?

June 12, 2030 started out like any other day in memory—and by then, memories were long. Since cancer had been cured fifteen years before, America's population was aging rapidly. That sounds like good news, but consider this: millions of baby boomers, with a big natural predator picked off, were sucking dry benefits and resources that were never meant to hold them into their eighties and beyond. Young people around the country simmered with resentment toward "the olds" and anger at the treadmill they could never get off of just to maintain their parents' entitlement programs.
But on that June 12th, everything changed: a massive earthquake devastated Los Angeles, and the government, always teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, was unable to respond.
The fallout from the earthquake sets in motion a sweeping novel of ideas that pits national hope for the future against assurances from the past and is peopled by a memorable cast of refugees and billionaires, presidents and revolutionaries, all struggling to find their way. In 2030, Albert Brooks' all-too-believable, dystopian imagining of where today's challenges could lead us tomorrow makes gripping and thought-provoking reading.

 

About Albert Brooks

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Albert Brooks is a writer, actor, and director. He has written and directed several classic American comedies that are considered prescient and incisive commentaries on contemporary life, including Lost In America, Modern Romance and Defending Your Life. Brooks has also acted in over twenty motion pictures for other directors, including Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight, Pixar's Finding Nemo, and James L. Brooks' Broadcast News, for which he received an Academy Award nomination.
 
Published May 10, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 384 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Critic reviews for 2030
All: 13 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Below average
on Apr 05 2011

The tone is satiric, something Brooks usually does with a light touch, though occasionally he loses the playfulness and shows too heavy a hand.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Tom Carson on May 17 2011

If you mourn Kurt Vonnegut’s passing — and what sane reader doesn’t? — Brooks’s synthetic equivalent isn’t half bad.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by JANET MASLIN on May 01 2011

Two things are immediately apparent about his debut novel: that it’s as purposeful as it is funny, and that Mr. Brooks has immersed himself deeply in its creation.

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Globe and Mail

Below average
Reviewed by ANDREW RYAN on Jun 05 2011

As a novelist, Brooks is eventually undone by his very profession and - much like a Brooks movie - 2030 falls apart in its second half.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Keith Staskiewicz on May 18 2011

But while Brooks? debut novel is, like much of his film work, wonderfully astringent, he spends too much time on the specifics of his future and not enough on the characters inhabiting it.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Paul Brownfield on May 01 2011

In "Twenty Thirty," chapters are short, big things happen, and history's march is conveyed in neat summations (the two Koreas mate in the span of a paragraph).

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PopMatters

Excellent
Reviewed by Zachary Houle on Aug 26 2011

...but his contention is gripping and compelling, and it’s a starting point for debate on issues affecting youth as well as those surrounding the looming debt crisis.

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Jewish Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by TOM TEICHOLZ on May 10 2011

...his debut novel is clever and entertaining. But it is also thoughtful, insightful and inventive about issues as diverse as health care, transportation, aging and politics.

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The Northcoast Journal.

Excellent
Reviewed by JAY AUBREY-HERZOG

The most winning aspect of 2030 is its cast of characters, who run the gamut from those in the highest echelons of power to the desperate who are barely getting by.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Mike Oberg on Jun 01 2011

There is a little of everything in this book: humor, romance, terrorism, political and corporate shenanigans, and science fiction. It is all woven into a very entertaining and thought-provoking novel...

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The Guilded Earlobe

Good
Reviewed by The Guilded Earlobe on Nov 08 2011

While 2030 has its flaws, I found it to be a compelling read, full of interesting characters living in a very flawed potential America.

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Book Chase

Good
Reviewed by Sam Sattler on Aug 17 2011

2030 is more warning than farce. This is one road we both could be headed down, America and Europe. Let’s hope that Brooks’s vision does not become our reality.

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Gabrielreads

Below average
Reviewed by gabrielreads on Oct 29 2011

Yet, as much as I wanted to thoroughly enjoy this book, I found it to be a poorly-constructed novel that focused too much on the commentary and not enough on the characters.

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