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2030 by Albert Brooks
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Jul 29, 2011

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bookshelves: male-author, dystopia

This book tells the story of what the United States may look like in 2030. It is a very interesting depiction of what could happen if there are no solutions in the areas of national debt, health care, and Social Security/Medicare. In the year 2030, cancer and a number of other diseases have been cured and people are living longer than ever. The AARP has a massive amount of power. Few people have adequate health care, and if they do, they spend their entire lives trying to pay for it. China is the richest and most powerful country. The United States is in huge debt, and many younger people blame this on "the olds," who are using more than their share of federal money because they live so long. In the midst of all this, there is a massive earthquake in Los Angeles, and the government doesn't have the money to rebuild or supply any form of adequate relief.

That being said, the book has an interesting premise, and it is a quick read. The characters aren’t extremely interesting and there is a strange love story involving the president that seems kind of pointless. Overall, I am glad I read the book.

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