Wednesday, 28 September 2011

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: The End Specialist - Drew Magary

Release Date: 29/09/11


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.


New authors always have a lot to prove to the reading audience as they only really get one chance to make an impact. In this his debut title Drew throws caution to the wind and demonstrates in his Science Fiction title that mankind is not only doomed to make the errors of the past but also that the more enlightened human traits should be lauded as well as our possible saviour.

It’s cleverly written and with a lead character that we can all associate with in some form or other, it’s a title that is not only poignant to our own future but one that will strike a familiar chord within us all. Add to this a great sense of pace, some wonderful prose which when backed with the authors own unique sense of style really made this title something unique in the Science Fiction world for me. All in, a real joy to read and I really can’t wait to see more by this author.

1 comment:

Julie-Anne said...

I loved this book. Although I reviewed it as The Postmortal, I'm assuming that's a country difference and I got whatever one signed onto Netgalley, lol.