The Postmortal by Drew Magary
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Synopsis

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.


 

About Drew Magary

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Drew Magary is a correspondent for GQ and a columnist for Deadspin and Gawker. He’s also the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Postmortal and Men with Balls. He lives in Maryland with his wife and three kids.
 
Published August 30, 2011 by Penguin Books. 384 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But in the decades after the cure is legalized, the planet becomes rapidly overpopulated and the story turns dystopian, with John becoming an “end specialist” who helps euthanize people who find deathlessness a grind.

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Publishers Weekly

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An odd mixture of satire and dystopian fantasy, this thoughtful novel cleverly explores the consequences of having a long-term lease on life, from the mundane (a woman realizes "I'm always gonna get my period") to the profound (the world's resources exhausted by an ever-growing population) throug...

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BC Books

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Buried in the camouflage of this bleak commentary on humanity and how fragile the ties that bind us to decency and brotherhood in our fellow man, there is that golden thread of Magary playing with the idea of love itself.

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BC Books

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What happens, for instance, if you take away the need for people to love their fellow man and behave accordingly in order to reach a heavenly reward of an afterlife...

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BC Books

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The central conceit of the book is that John Farrell used a hand-held device to record much of his life for a blog, and that this device is found much later and turned into a book.

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New York Journal of Books

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When the president initially forbids the cure, a Rush Limbaugh knockoff urges his listeners to stockpile weapons against a government that would let them die.But the fault lines to this nonstop party start showing almost immediately.When Farrell consults the doctor—an orthopedist performing the o...

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AV Club

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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 “the cure”—an accidental medical advancement that grants humans prolonged life and eternal youth—to how prolonged life affects the home-run record in baseb...

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Pajiba

Told from the distant future through the journal entries and article excerpts of John Farrell — a divorce lawyer with a cure age of 27 (meaning, he never ages past 27) — The Postmortal is best when its focus is on the dilemmas that The Cure creates, and the way in which the world reacts.

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PopMatters

And the sense of purpose often simply seems to be how to we get from point A—most people happily taking the cure to Point B—where the world is in disarray and the cure is once again illegal.

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Chron.com

Young joined a team that won playoff games in 2002 and 2003, but they couldn’t manage to “just win” the one playoff game he appeared in, and his team had their best season since his arrival the year he didn’t play.

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Bookshelf Bombshells

No, John got the cure like it was the latest version of the iPhone.

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Geek Speak

(Indeed, the hero is told upfront “What this cure guarantees is that you will never die a natural, peaceful death.”) But since so many fatal and/or chronic conditions are associated with older age, someone who takes the Cure and is even a little bit careful and/or luck...

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The Nervous Breakdown

There’s not enough real humanity there for me to grab onto, at the end, not enough for me to care if these people live – forever, or even for the duration of the book.

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Pank Magazine

The Postmortal is a book about a near future in which humans develop a “cure” for aging.

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