I finally finished the Milan Kundera books we have and turned my attention to a new book – The Postmortal by Drew Magary.
In the not-too-distant future, a scientist discovers a way to stop the aging process. From there, it gets weird.
I blazed through the book in two days – partially because it reads quickly (as befitting a blogger – Magary writes for Deadspin and Kissing Suzy Kolber) and partially because I didn’t want to put it down. The book spends some cursory time reflecting on the Big Issues of potential immortality, but is mostly a character study in how humanity – individually and collectively – reacts, evolves, and devolves. Sometimes the story drags, especially in the middle, but on the whole this is a wicked little text. There were moments I was genuinely skeeved out by how certain people reacted to being frozen in age, which to me is a testament to Magary’s imagination and talent.
I recommend this book. Magary can do more than the fart and boob jokes that populate KSK (though I do love those as well), and The Postmortal is proof of that.