Twenty-Seven by Shayne Woodsmith

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Envision a cold and calculating future world, where mankind has attained miraculous gains on the one certain, chilling fact of life that has plagued the species since the dawn of time. In this bold new landscape, humans are able to predict the body’s natural demise with a specific numerical prediction of the age of death, called a PDA. What’s more, life spans have dramatically increased, and humans can fend off the inevitable depending on how they live. That is, all humans except for one: Sophia Nolan, who, since birth, has faced a number that has idled at a grim twenty-seven. Twenty-Seven, Shayne Woodsmith’s arresting, dystopian debut novel, lays bare the plight of this one mere mortal and what her all-too-human condition suggests for a species that has been forever fixated on cheating death. As Sophia rapidly approaches the age of twenty-seven, she must reckon with the consuming obsession of the society around her. Fast-paced, thought-provoking, and at times utterly frantic, Twenty-Seven delivers a disarmingly honest portrayal of human frailty and strength through the lens of one tormented outcast. While presciently casting a cold eye on our health-obsessed future, it exposes the darker side of an all-too-sterile world, where the ultimate prestige is longevity. You may never look at the notion of a long and healthy life in the same way again.

About Shayne Woodsmith

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Shayne Woodsmith's various works have appeared in literary publications such as Carte Blanche and Inscribed: A Magazine for Writers. His latest play, Gridlocked, received an honorable mention at the 79th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Woodsmith earned a bachelor's in English literature and creative writing from the University of Alberta and a postgraduate certificate in creative writing from the Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts. "Twenty-Seven" is his first novel and was first written as an honors writing project for his undergraduate coursework.
Published June 8, 2012 by CreateSpace. 224 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The author confronts present-day obsessions with longevity and wellness in a future world where the human life span is almost doubled and the date of death can be foretold.

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