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“Kindle. A lot like the first book this one was made from of the concepts of hard core scifi. This did have the feel of the Terminator and Matrix about it. Solid 3 stars.”Billy Landon wrote this review Tuesday, January 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“Nano technology can help repair you and make you live longer. 4people come back to earth after working on Venus and find all humans have been slaughtered. They fight back. Kyle wanted me to get this book.”Kathi wrote this review Sunday, May 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Little unsure about one thing, sometimes it had the feel of YA and sometimes not. But YA readers could definitely read this book, and especially boys.
This is the future and everyone is used to having everything served on a silver platter. They are all smart and getting smarter with each upgrade. They can fly (well not really but thanks to technology), wounds are healed, they live and live, and everything is just perfect.
But some resist, a group called the Purists, and they are us, we who live now that is. I got pretty irritated when the group came across purists and went all "gross, they eat things from the ground, and meat, and they operate on people to save them." I felt the post humans were pretty ungrateful, if people in the past hadn't invented things they would not be where they are now. So they annoyed me then. I wanted to shake the person and say, hey, your world is not perfect.
Cos that brings us to the story, a group is away on Venus terraforming and when they get back everyone is dead, yes everyone. Then they have to find who did it and they have to save themselves.
It had this futuristic matrix kind of feel to it. AI, robots and technology for everyone. I did wonder though, if everyone is so smart, then who has the more crappy jobs. I mean everyone on the planet has an IQ of 147 and wouldn't they all want good jobs? Their world seem to perfect but at the same time it was scary. It was too perfect, living forever, being smart, and I will not say what, but obviously it all went to hell.
A sci-fi thriller for those who enjoy these kind of books.
“This book is as excellent and enjoyable as it gets. Whether you love literature for its depth or you just love a great thrilling escape, you'll love Post-Human. I heard about it from friends who wouldn't stop talking about how great it was. I was surprised, however, that it wasn't just an enjoyable thriller. It is the fastest paced novel I have ever read so I can see how some readers might miss how cleverly constructed it really is. I counted allusions to Shakespeare, Milton, Blake, Keats, the Bible, and greek mythology, and that was all just in my first read... I'm sure I missed some!
Right from the second page the concept of God is introduced as being something that the Post-Humans think of now as just an anachronism. Yet as we read it becomes clear that the technology is an ingenious metaphor for religion. The A.I. claims that the Christian God is his model and he plans to make himself a "machine god" while the protagonist, James Keats, is referred to in the narration as "like a father and a son." It becomes clear the A.I. is really a metaphor for Satan, "speaking with the searing sibilance of electricity" (or like a snake) and sending plagues of nanotech and machines described as being like "demonic bats." Throw in a couple of good crucifixions (literally) and it becomes clear that what we're reading here is a technological version of the apocalypse. Old-timer's argument with Alejandra (one of the Purists) about the existence of God strengthens the allusions further, as well as the references to Milton's "Paradise Lost."
The characters are developed brilliantly despite the novel's extremely tight construction and super fast pace. James goes from being lost and feeling his individuality slipping away to reaching the peak of existential individualism. Rich, the cowardly comic relief, eventually learns to let go and is willing to heroically sacrifice himself to save people he hardly knows. Old-timer moves from being a dedicated Post-Human, sure in his science, to being open to the unknown spiritual possibilities of the world. Really all of the main characters have compelling individual stories.
And for those looking for romance, there is plenty of that. James finds himself in a love triangle that begins in medias res between his wife, his co-worker Thel (who I am guessing is named after Blake's "The Book of Thel about an immortal girl) and himself. He loves Thel but divorce is illegal in a world of immortality and the relationships are monitored by the nanotech living in everyone's bodies -- it takes Orwell to whole new frightening extremes.
Which brings us to some of the futuristic themes that are so fascinating in this text: it seems certain that immortality will be reached at some point in the future and in this book we get to see a vision of what that might be like. It comes with the price of having nearly every aspect of your life monitored and controlled, yet at the same time the Post-Human's ability to access information mentally at any moment, to fly in individual magnetic cocoons and to travel to other planets, almost makes it a price worth paying.
In all, I'd have to say that it is only a matter of time before Simpson's Post-Human becomes a huge hit. As I said, I heard about it from friends who couldn't say enough about it, and when I read it I understood why. It is fast, thrilling, brilliant, and fun, yet it isn't pulp fiction and will leave you feeling satisfied rather than empty. I can imagine this book becoming a staple on High School reading lists and I'll be telling all of my teacher friends about it. It was as enjoyable a read as any I have ever had and I give it my highest recommendation.”
“I read this book, as have most of the other readers I have spoken to, in one day. The characters are so real and varied and likeable that you find yourself on the edge of your seat hoping that they make it through to the end of the novel unharmed. I didn't want the novel to end and if I have any complaints it's that I loved the book too much and need a sequel! Do you hear that, David Simpson? Please write a sequel-- Jennifer Giesbrecht”David Simpson wrote this review Sunday, January 31, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No