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The End Specialist

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  10,457 ratings  ·  1,293 reviews

A gripping, compulsive thriller set in a future where the cure for ageing has been discovered… to devastating consequences

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“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 jo

Kindle Edition, 435 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Harper Voyager
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Stephen I believe so. Postmortal is the US title. I believe End Specialist is the UK title.
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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
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel Popham
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalyptastic, yikes
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Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Faith M ✨
Jun 17, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
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
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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

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.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
My review for this book was first published in The New York Journal of Books in 2011. I reproduce it here:

Earlier this month, in August 2011, the eyes of the world fixated on England as widespread rioting seized the country, leading to thousands of arrests, millions of Euros in property damage, and even a handful of deaths. The anarchic breakdown of law and order captivated anyone with a television set, perhaps because watching lawless chaos provides us with an unusual, vicarious thrill.

But what
"Cure for aging" stories are a dime a dozen in SF, with Joe Haldeman's Buying Time probably my favorite example of the genre. Postmortal covers much of the same emotional ground as Haldeman's book, except that it's a good deal more depressing.

Immortality is rarely seen as a positive thing in science fiction and this book is no exception. The problem here is that it becomes so relentlessly depressing that there seems to be no upside to "The Cure" at all. Everything goes straight to hell immediate
Qwill / The Qwillery
The Postmortal is a chilling story of our world gone wrong after the "Cure" for aging is found. Imagine what would happen if no one died from old age? Drew Magary deftly leads us down the postmortal path with a richly developed post-Cure world. The story is told through the eyes of John Farrell, a 29 year old lawyer at the time he takes the Cure. The novel is Farrell's journal and collection of articles from June 2019 to June 2079, 60 years post-Cure.

Farrell is a flawed character. There were tim
Lukas Anthony
Interesting premise let down by flat characters

The 'Postmortal', or 'The End Specialist' as it is known in the UK has an incredibly interesting premise. Imagine a world in which a cure is discovered for old age, meaning that with just one little injection you will never age a day in your semi-immortal life. Now I say semi-immortal, because this is a still a world in which you can be murdered or die of cancer, but a world where the young and beautiful can stay young and beautiful seemingly forev
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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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