Paul Baker's Reviews > Misspent Youth
Set in the very near future, this novel speaks to the shallow nature of our advancement. Much like the populations in Jack McDevitt's novels, Peter F. Hamilton gives us a future of "intelligent idiots," people who are brilliant technologically, but definitely not advanced in any sense emotionally or socially. However, McDevitt usually manages to elevate one or two of his brain-dead geniuses into some kind of psychological advance, whereas Hamilton's heroes are pretty much obsessed with sex, money, and power. In other words, we may be able to give a person two lifespans, but all he wants to do with it is bed beautiful women. Seems like a real waste to me. On the other hand, the sex is pretty good.
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