Monday, December 5, 2011

Book Review: The Postmortal by Drew Magery

Title: The Postmortal

Author: Drew Magery

Publisher: Penguin

Publication Date: August 2011

Genre: Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.


The story is of John Farrell, a divorce lawyer who is in his late twenties and decides to get "the Cure". Not the cure from dying, but the cure from aging. As the story unfolds, John's life takes many unexpected twists and turns, and by the end, he has to question whether it was a cure for anything at all.

Very well written fiction novel. John is a selfish and horrible man as well as a misunderstood soul looking for redemption. I couldn't tell if I loved him or hated him, probably a little bit of both. His romances come and go, fleeting at best. And while they didn't feel very honest or real to me, they did serve their purpose when they happened, as John is a selfish creature, the romances serve more as a character study.

There are funny bits to the book, mostly dialogue. But what really blew me away was the concept. The dark world John saw become a reality, the hell that crept over the gates. Magery does a fantastic and creepy job of imagining the world where every selfish human being is allowed to live forever. (Well, live for a very long time anyway). How nature fights this, and how humanity fights each other is both terrifying and real. I could see many of these things happening in real life, which was the most frightening thing of all. He touches upon a great number of topics surrounded by gray area and does not get preachy. Instead, the reader is left to imagine this new world and these peoples' new existences in horror, where life and death have become so meaningless. 

The book may start off slow, but keep going. The path is not clear for John, (is anyones'?) but you'll be glad you stuck with him.

Rating 8 Cookie Worthy

1 comment:

  1. thanks for the review. sounds creepy and i definitely want to read it.