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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  10,868 ratings  ·  1,335 reviews
John Farrell is about to get "The Cure."

Old age can never kill him now.

The only problem is, everything else still can...

Imagine a near future where a cure for aging is discovered and-after much political and moral debate-made available to people worldwide. Immortality, however, comes with its own unique problems-including evil green people, government euthanasia programs,
Paperback, 369 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Penguin Group USA
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Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
It's hard, with some books, to figure out what point on the five star scale to land on. This could have been a 2,3 or 4, so I've copped out a little and ended with a 3. The problem with the Postmortal, or the End Specialist as it is more appropriately named in the UK, is quite well illustrated by its two different titles. It's not quite able to be what it wants to be, which is the Postmortal - a fascinating, pragmatic and restrained deconstruction of a future where no one needs to get old and di ...more
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Death is the only thing keeping us in line. (c)

Horrible and thought-provoking and horrible. Dreary world, filled to the brim with hordes of postmortal humans doing everything (like is usual for us) to make in inhabitable. Gawwwd! Will we ever build the freaking long-range spaceships to fling ourselves from this ovvercrowded earth?? I need me a good space tale to get the horrible visions from this book out of my head.

You can not hide from the world. It will find you. It always does. And now i
Rachel Popham
Mar 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
A testament to unimaginative large-scale misery porn, this book translates everything that's condescending, brainless, and voiceless about lazy dystopian fiction into something approaching bullet-point format.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really loved the first half of this novel. It was disturbing and absolutely divine the way it explored the whole issue of what happens after we cure old age:

A whole world full of fledgling immortals and those people ideologically opposed to it, gradually realizing that the s**t is about to hit the fan when resources run out and we're all stuck with each other. :)

It was delightful and often RATHER disturbing what we all got up to.

And then our MC had his change. He became the End Specialist.

I d
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm out of book reviewing shape (among other kinds of shape), and it's hard to get back into the swing of things (if there ever was a swing). I always have a number of false starts when trying to write reviews. I usually start off with an idea for a review only to grow frustrated and switch into adjectival blabber.

So after three false starts let's see if I can get this thing reviewed.

What would happen to our world when the cure for aging, and thus dying of old age, is commonly available?
Re-read Feb 2018
I often credit the End Specialist with being the book that got me back into reading, which sounds a bit odd when you take into account that it was a book I grabbed off the shelf of the library I'd been working in for a year and a half. It wasjust such a surprising breath of fresh, rancid air that it reignited my late teen love affair with reading and set me on the path to hipster reader wankerness that I've attained today.

Chronicling the life of John Farrell, a blogging late-20's
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yikes, apocalyptastic
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Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irl-book-club
This was okay I guess. The book had a really interesting concept - a vaccine discovered that prevents ageing and the effect this has on the world - but the novelty of that world wore off pretty quickly when I realised that the characters were paper thin with no distinguishing qualities. People die in this book, and I think I was meant to feel something for them but I didn't. Throw in some insta love and quite a messy third act and this went from a 3 star to a 2 star, where I was honestly just re ...more
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, august-read-list
The premise of the story is good, a cure for ageing and the whole futuristic world presented here can be some interesting reading. Saying that the plot needed more attention I found the story as it progressed did not engross me the reader enough. The story has a lot going for it the inventive storyline but just missing some key basics that made this read drag on for me which I did not expect.
What if a group of scientists found a cure for aging? Would you want it? This cure doesn't encompass any diseases like cancer, AIDS, or even the common flu. So, while anyone receiving the “cure” would not age, they would still be susceptible to illness or injury. As the book explains, you would only be assured that when you do die, it would not be peacefully in your bed of old age, you pretty much are guaranteed that it will be nothing so easy. There are plenty of other ways to die, and plenty o ...more
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was so excited to read this book, I guess it was almost inevitable that it would let me down. It was an amazingly quick read. I read it as an ebook so I don't really have an idea of how thick it is in print; I'm guessing rather thin.
The book is written in the form of blog entries discovered long after the death of their author, and that central conceit is both instantly dated and gives the story no space. Because the idea of a blog is short pointed commentary, there's no room for interpretati
Faith M ✨
Jun 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: cover-porn

This sounds like what I wanted from Scythe but didn't get, so hopefully it doesn't let me down when I eventually get to it.
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it
There's a lot to really like about this book. Most reviews mention this book's ability to dismantle the concept of immortality down to its absolute bare bones and explore every possible negative outcome, and that is really true: Peter Pan babies! Cycle marriages! Meaninglessness of professional sports records! Birth date tattoos!

What's funny is that the narrative device (the text is a blog kept by the narrator recovered at a later future date) reminded me a lot of The Handmaid's Tale. In actuali
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
You may also read my review here:

The Postmortal is told from John Farrell’s POV,from 60 years of collected text files that were recovered in 2093. John,a divorce lawyer,decides,after much though,that he’s going to get “The Cure.” The cure in question is the cure for aging,oddly discovered while trying to isolate the gene for hair color during a rather frivolous experiment by a scientist at the U. of Oregon. The problem is that the cure has been banned by
David Hebblethwaite
Reviewed as part of the 2012 Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist.

A few years hence, an accidental scientific discovery has led to a treatment which will halt the process of ageing; barring disease or accident, immortality may be yours – provided you can afford the fee, of course. Divorce lawyer John Farrell has the ‘cure’ (as it’s known) in 2019, weeks before it is legalised in the USA. We then follow his life at various intervals over the course of the following sixty years, during which Farrell u
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
First of all, I have to say the choice of writing the book in the format of John's blog is just brilliant. It's an odd choice, stylistically, but it's incredibly effective here, giving a touch of realism we'd lose if Magary had gone with a more traditional first-person narrative.

A lot of The Postmortal is bleak. This book doesn't think much of mankind (or anything else, really) and is more than willing to push that viewpoint at us. Given that Drew Magary has made a name for himself as a humouris
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I picked this up because it was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, and it jumped into my arms at the public library.

I like the premise of the story, and the overarching storytelling technique. The premise is that an American scientist discovered the cure for aging, and the main narrator in the story had the cure. Most of the book chapters are accounts from his e-mail or the news during the time, and a few break and go into plain narrative.

This isn't just an idea book though. The author ta
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was expecting something funny and light, but The Postmortal turned out to be surprisingly serious and somewhat disturbing. I really enjoyed it, although the final section dragged a little and the stuff with Solara just didn't really work for me. The Solara storyline seemed like it came out of nowhere. The story of how the world copes with an ageless population was fascinating and some of my favorite parts of the book were the news articles and transcripts that didn't deal so much with John's p ...more
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, book-club
This book is one of those amazing game changers that you only get once in awhile. While it is fiction, what happens in the book would almost certainly happen in the real world, were those situations presented to us. That makes it even more intense. I can't explain it, just read this book!!! ...more
May 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Drew Magary will even get me to read Deadspin (sports? what are sports?), so I was thrilled to finally get The Postmortal. The concept of the book is really fun: science has finally discovered a cure for aging. Once you've received the cure, your body will stay at the same age forever. It's possible to die from a heart attack -- or just from someone stabbing you several times in the torso -- but, with proper precautions, anyone who gets the cure and becomes a postmortal can live forever.

For the
Stevie Kincade
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, audiobooks
I absolutely loved Magary's second novel The Hike a bizarre, brilliantly written story that came off to me like a compressed version of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower".
It was good enough to move "The Postmortal" way up my to-read list. I have been a fan of Magary aka "Big Daddy Balls" for years for his work as a puerile, poop obsessed man-child sportswriter at Deadspin. It was shocking to find how polished and accomplished "the hike" was and even more so to find "The Postmortal" to be a personal
Ranting Dragon
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aaron

What if you could simply stop aging? This is the question that lies at the heart of Drew Magary’s debut novel, The Postmortal. Told through what is essentially a series of electronic diary entries written by a man named John Farrell, The Postmortal chronicles the near-future where a cure for aging has been discovered and humanity has taken its first tentative steps toward immortality.

Living forever—that’s great, right?
Maybe not. The cure for aging that spa
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When John Farrell finds out about the cure, he knows he has to have it. It stops you from aging, and at 29 years old, he could potentially live forever–barring accidents, murder, etc. He would have hundreds or thousands of years to do all of the things he always wanted to do. Absolute freedom. The cure is illegal, but that isn’t about to stop him. We watch John as the world changes around him, affected by people who do not age, and an ever-growing population. What should bring happiness doesn’t ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, adult, distopian
DNFed at 75% through

Sorry but I just could not stand the mc, he was DESPICABLE!

SoOoo, before I get into why this guy was the absolute worse, I have to say a few good things about the book first.
Overall, the story was intresting and had a cool premise, and the writitng was actually good. The book was also formated in a really cool way. There was this exploration of some moral themes and humanity as well, and it was done really well and effectively. I actually liked that alot about the book. How
Jeremy DeBottis
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is okay. I loved the start of it. The concepts and ideas it created were great, and the world building was wonderful. Those are the points that made it work. Where it missed for me was in the characters.

The story is told from the point of view of a man that illegally receives a "cure for aging," leaving him forever 29 years old.

Sadly, the 29 year old protagonist never seemed very likable, and having the entire story from his perspective was difficult at times. I wanted to know other c

I’m reviewing this years after reading it, and I think it says something that I remember one thing and only one thing about it. That would be a scene in which the narrator, during sex with a prostitute, injects a serum of some sort into her buttock. That’s how silly this book is. The highest praise I can lavish upon it is that it’s readable, hence the two stars--I read it until the last stupid page.
Keith Rosson
Dec 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
A handful of fascinating ideas marred by terrible writing, a million adverbs and every cliche you could imagine. Magary's at his best here when writing a series of mock interviews and articles scattered throughout the book, but the rest of it is just rough. Everyone is "laughing maniacally" and wore "hideous grins," and I never, ever need to read the line "I wanted to squeeze her until her brain popped out of her head" again. ...more
Geoff Wyss
Sep 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
There are occasional very nice things (descriptions, usually of violence; turns of phrase; plot ideas) here, but in general it reads like what it is: a novel written by a journalist. It feels written in a hurry, and it gets better (and evolves in style) as it goes, which suggests that Magary wrote his way into what he was trying to do. Would actually give it 1.5 stars if I could.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
I can't even finish this. It's told in short excerpts in the form of brief first person narratives, interviews, and little bullet point news articles. It's all watered down, in an internet styled format. This book is a great example of how much the internet has ruined things. I'm sure that this style appeals to lots of people, probably people who don't frequently read novels.

Just not for me.
Nina Stotler
Nov 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like The Postmortal, since apocalyptic subject matter is right up my alley, but it let me down terribly. Whole lot of concept, nothing more. Made me feel better about my own writing though, so that is a plus?
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Drew Magary is a correspondent for GQ Magazine, a columnist for Deadspin, and a Chopped Champion. He’s also the author of four books: The Hike, The Postmortal, Someone Could Get Hurt, and Men With Balls. He lives in Maryland with his wife and three children, and enjoys taking long walks.

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