What if you could simply stop aging? This question is at the heart of the novel The Postmortal by Drew Magary. The story is told through a series of electronic diary entries written by John Farrell, a lawyer from New York City.
The diary entries of Farrell begin soon after the cure for aging has been discovered. This discovery – known as The Cure – takes humanity on a first, and intensive, step toward immortality. People who have The Cure will no longer die of old age. They can still die from cancer or die because they were hit by a bus; but suddenly, people could live for 100, 200, 300, or more years.
Living forever sounds great, right? On the surface, the idea of getting The Cure might seem like a fabulous idea; however, Farrell and other characters must address tough questions and choices that people never had to consider prior to The Cure. Would you continue to work if retirement was no longer an option? Would you get married? Would you get bored of life if you did the same thing over and over for 100+ years?
The Postmortal, Magary addresses the issue of what life would be like if you could stop aging. He ties in political, economic, environmental, and social issues. There is no “sugar coating” in this book about what like could be like with a cure for aging.
I recommend The Postmortal to anyone interested in pre- or post-apocalyptic fiction. The Postmortal is available for checkout at the VC/UHV Library. You’ll find the book on the 1st Floor in our Leisure Reading section.
Review by Amanda B.