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The Postmortal by Drew Magary
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Aug 30, 11

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Read from August 08 to 12, 2011

My review for this darkly funny-turned-just plain dark novel can be found here:
http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/revie...

An excerpt:
If this novel has one significant drawback, it’s that even if the particulars remain unknown, its general trajectory follows a path familiar to anyone versed in dystopian stories. The broad satire of the first half gives way to much more sinister developments in the second, and its thrilling conclusion feels almost preordained.

Mr. Magary is a writer for Deadspin, a website that offers sports news in short, snarky bursts, and indeed, much of his novel is meant for similar consumption. It never spends too much time in one place—or one time period—and its pace rarely lags. But filtering these events through one person sometimes narrows the true scope of the premise. Our only glimpse into the worldwide effects of a death cure are periodic news roundups Farrell assembles, but those aren’t much longer than Twitter posts.

The Postmortal is essentially a book of ideas attached to a futuristic thriller, but its best ones provide enough empirical evidence to restore death’s reputation.
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