What happens in a world where old age can never kill you? Magary creates a terrifyingly possible dystopian world in The Postmortal. The book builds at a steady pace, from seemingly innocent days of “what if,” to the nightmarish landscapes that emerge as humanity ages, yet never seems to learn from its own history. It’s a surprisingly scary — and funny — page-turner.
In 2019, the cure for aging has been discovered. Never mind that cancer and heart attacks can still kill you; you can live longer than you ever imagined or dreamed. You may think that long-lived lawyers is the perfect nightmare, but life becomes something even worse than that for John Farrell when he gets the “cure.” He never imagined a world like this — with cycle marriages, pro-death anarchists and terrorists around every corner. And just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. (PENGUIN, Sep., 370 pp., $15.00)