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The End Specialist

By Drew Magary

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| Paperback | 9780007429080

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A gripping, compulsive thriller set in a future where the cure for ageing has been discovered! to devastating consequences "You got me. I don't want to die. I'm terrified of death. I fear there's nothing beyond it and that this existence is the only Continue

A gripping, compulsive thriller set in a future where the cure for ageing has been discovered! to devastating consequences "You got me. I don't want to die. I'm terrified of death. I fear there's nothing beyond it and that this existence is the only one I'll ever possess. That's why I'm here." (An excerpt from the digital journal of John Farrell, cure age 29) 2019. Humanity has witnessed its greatest scientific breakthrough yet: the cure for ageing. Three injections and you're immortal -- not bulletproof or disease-proof but you'll never have to fear death by old age. For John Farrell, documenting the cataclysmic shifts to life after the cure becomes an obsession. Cure parties, cycle marriages, immortal livestock: the world is revelling in the miracles of eternal youth. But immortality has a sinister side, and when a pro-death terrorist explosion kills his newly-cured best friend, John soon realizes that even in a world without natural death, there is always something to fear. Now, John must make a new choice: run and hide forever, or stay and fight those who try to make immortal life a living hell.
The e-book edition contains exclusive extra content - for those who want to find out even more consequences of the cure for ageing.

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    A good read, but, as happens more and more recently, the setting is much more compelling than the plot and the development of the characters.
    The setting is particularly involving because it is seen through very contemporary eyes: concerns for the ov ...(continue)

    A good read, but, as happens more and more recently, the setting is much more compelling than the plot and the development of the characters.
    The setting is particularly involving because it is seen through very contemporary eyes: concerns for the over-population, hyper-medicalisation of the social body, epidemiological risks, all under the umbrella of a post-Cold war fear of nuclear disasters. Maybe that's also the flaw of the setting: given that it is set in a long span of time (100 years), it seems only reasonable that the world view should have changed, instead it is still very tied to our own biopolitical concerns.
    A part from this consideration, I would say that the plot is quite all right until a certain point, during which the foreseeable redemption of the mediocre, opportunistic and insensible protagonist takes place in very earthly terms. Granted, I thought it would have arrived earlier, so it was a relief that the POV maintained a cynical perspective until that point. The final part decreases in interestingness and finishes in a very much foreseen scene of hyper-redemption. Pity.
    The psychology of the characters and their development is flawed by the fact that it does not take into account the peculiarly long lives they live.
    Very pleasant escapist read, not a particularly exciting literary achievement.

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Book Details

  • Rating:
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  • English Books
  • Paperback 400 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0007429088
  • ISBN-13: 9780007429080
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publish date: 2011-09-29
  • Dimensions: 0 mm x 838 mm x 1,270 mm
  • Also available as: eBook
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