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The Happier Dead by Ivo Stourton
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What can I say about Ivo Stourton's The Happier Dead book - do you know those nights when you sleep and don't sleep, you in constant in-between state when you are aware of everything that is around you but same time you are dreaming and since you are too tired to open your eyes you can't stop the nightmarish and exhausting dream you see, even if sometimes you think you are the one who is directing the dream, it is confusing and jumps from one place to another as dreams usually do and on the morning you are more tired than you were when you went to sleep.

That's how I felt when I read this book.

The story is happening - well approximately a year ago, 2013 pre-Christmas. People, specifically rich people, can become young again, if they want to. Rejuvenescence is conducted under one big dome close to London, were is always summer and one of their customers is brutally murdered.

This London isn't the London we know and love, this London is dangerous do be if you do not have filter to breath/hear/see through, since the air in London is filled with dreems (advertisements that travel through air and make the defenseless obsessed with consumerism and when the dosage is really high and pure, people can become lost in their happy memories, like junkies). So people work in London but they live outside the city, mostly. Some brave and rich do live in city of course.

Young and poor people have started riots against the city, looting shops, burning buildings and it gets worse night after night.

The murder is solved within a short day and night, but turning this time happens so much and things get so complicated and confusing that the epilogue is like bucket of cold water over your head.

It was an interesting and complicated and confusing story.
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Reading Progress

October 9, 2013 – Shelved
October 9, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
October 9, 2013 – Shelved as: netgalley
November 6, 2014 – Started Reading
November 11, 2014 – Shelved as: 2014
November 11, 2014 – Finished Reading

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