2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America
Is this what’s in store?
June 12, 2030 started out like any other day in memory—and by then, memories were long. Since cancer had been cured fifteen years before, America’s population was aging rapidly. That sounds like good news, but consider this: millions of baby boomers, with a big natural predator picked off, were sucking dry benefits and resources that were never mean...more
Is it funny? Not particularly? Is it exciting? Not really. Does it present unique ideas in a new way? Sorta but not in a spectacular way. Then, what makes it so readable? THE PACE. It keeps on moving, ...more
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In the same vein, Albert Brooks takes a look into the future of America, and produces a somber, yet highly plausible, outlook. The year is 2030, the first Jew has been elected to the U.S. presidency, the na ...more
The main reason I kept reading this book was to find out what happened once China re-built LA. the author never got that far, it just stops too early with a newly elected nat ...more
it's a tough dilemma for people writing future (or very historical) fiction: how do you world-build? how do you get across so much information, some of it fascinating, some of it mundane but necessary, without turning your novel into a lecture? Brooks didn't even try not to lecture us. once past the first 50 pages, th ...more
Genre: fiction, near-future, US politics
I've enjoyed Albert Brooks in film, especially Broadcast News and Lost in America. I was unsure of him as a novelist. But I found 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America to be thought-provoking, terrifyingly plausible, and laced with humor. The ending left me wanting more of the story...
Dick Hill did an excellent job narrating.
The book's not funny, by the way. That's not a deal-breaker, but a bit of a surprise. Moments of humo ...more
To be specific (some vague spoilers below):
- By following so many characters with opposing goals -- many of them unnecessarily -- it was hard to become invested in, or root for any of t ...more
I'm a fan of filmmaker Albert Brooks (his movie Lost in America is still one of my all-time favorite comedies). He's a writer, director, actor, and has done voice work for The Simpsons. So when I saw that he had written a novel--and I had the opportunity to get an advance reading copy from the Amazon Vine program--I jumped on it.
2030: The Real Story of What Happens to Am ...more
On the other hand, the actual writing is fantastically awful. How can a man who is such a good screenwriter be so bad at writing prose? Brooks seems to have no confidence that his reader will pick up on his oh-so-subtle characterizations ...more
The text book quality of the narrative makes it a bit of a slow read, and the story rushes to a tacked on climax that doesn't really feel very satisfying. None of the characters really grab your attenti ...more
The plot, setting and characters were all fine, especially for a first novel. There's an internet joke going around about how seniors really could retire on a cruise ship, or even in jails with the current setup (medical care, forced ...more
That put aside, 2030's strength lies in its extrapolation and imagination. I absolutely loved the 2030 that Albert Brooks visualizes. It's exactly the same as our world, yet radically dif ...more