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The End Specialist

The End Specialist [Kindle Edition]

Drew Magary
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'Drew Magary's haunting first novel imagines a postmodern dystopia that would seem far-fetched if it didn't seem so possible. The End Specialist will make you regret ever wondering, even secretly, what it would be like to live forever' -Stefan Fatsis, author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic 'As insanely entertaining as it is ambitious, The End Specialist takes us into an America set in the next few years and coming apart under the onslaught of a dreadful new plague -- that of human immortality. Magary possesses an explosive imagination and let loose in The End Specialist, he creates an alternate history of the near future that feels real and is probably inevitable' -Evan Wright, author of Generation Kill 'This thoughtful novel cleverly explores the consequences of having a long-term lease on life, from the mundane to the profound ! Fascinating' -Publisher's Weekly


A gripping, compulsive thriller set in a future where the cure for ageing has been discovered… to devastating consequences

The ebook edition contains exclusive extra content.

“You got me. I don’t want to die. I’m terrified of death. I fear there’s nothing beyond it and that this existence is the only one I’ll ever possess. That’s why I’m here.”
(An excerpt from the digital journal of John Farrell, cure age 29)

2019. Humanity has witnessed its greatest scientific breakthrough yet: the cure for ageing. Three injections and you’re immortal – not bulletproof or disease-proof but you’ll never have to fear death by old age.

For John Farrell, documenting the cataclysmic shifts to life after the cure becomes an obsession. Cure parties, cycle marriages, immortal livestock: the world is revelling in the miracles of eternal youth. But immortality has a sinister side, and when a pro-death terrorist explosion kills his newly-cured best friend, John soon realizes that even in a world without natural death, there is always something to fear.

Now, John must make a new choice: run and hide forever, or stay and fight those who try to make immortal life a living hell.

The e-book edition contains exclusive extra content - for those who want to find out even more consequences of the cure for ageing.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 693 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 400 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper Voyager (30. August 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005IH038O
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Weitergedacht 22. Februar 2013
Von M. Klode
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Ich will es kurz machen: Weitestgehend gut durchdachtes was-wäre-wenn Szenario. Sehr kurzweilig, aber man sollte auf jeden Fall gute Laune mitbringen, denn was das Buch zeichnet ist wirklich nicht schön...und könnte angesichts der Entwicklungen auf dem Gebiet der Medizin auch weniger weit hergeholt sein, als man denkt könnte.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding! 16. Juni 2012
Von M. MacConnell - Veröffentlicht auf
I really enjoyed this book and find myself a little surprised to only be the second person to have reviewed it. I found it languishing in the rear shelves of my local Dymocks store and snatched it up immediately (which in itself is remarkable, as I really only ever buy kindle books now).

It didn't disappoint. Magary's view of the postmortal future, while undeniably dystopian, is remarkably textured. It's clear that the author took great pains to think through the deeper elements of what an immortal humanity might be like, as well as the more trivial aspects.

I read the book in 2 days, which is unheard of for me. It was a lot of fun, and I hope others afford themselves the same indulgence.

Just be sure to watch out for the Greenies.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Who wants to live forever? 20. September 2011
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What would happen if we found a way to stop ageing?

That is the question Drew Magary tries to answer in this debut novel. Immortality is a fun concept for science fiction. At a glance it looks wonderful but if you think about it for a while there are obvious drawbacks as is made clear in this story.

John Farell gets the cure in the beginning of the book and we get to follow him and society as the consequences manifest. He starts out as a Lawyer and bums out for a while before becoming a certified end specialist who helps people who want to die.

I am impressed by Drew's imagination and he presents good arguments for how immortality affects marriage, economy, work life and more. The unavoidable anti movement is also well portraited.

John is well developed as a character even if I feel a certain distance at times but it feels like that was intended. The reader is there as the observer. The other characters are more of a support cast. Even so I greatly enjoyed this novel.

The End Specialist lives high on idea and ambience. It has a grim humor that might not be for everyone but fit my mood like a glove. The characterization could have been better. You have to decide for yourself it is a deal breaker. It wasn't for me. I am keen on reading more by Drew Magary in the future.

And who isn't secretly interested in living forever? This novel might change your mind.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Want to Never Grow Old and Avoid Dying of Old Age? You May Not After Reading This! 10. August 2013
Von James N Simpson - Veröffentlicht auf
I wish I could stay young forever, is a common wish of many. Well in Drew Magary's The End Specialist, a scientist while trying to fight Alzheimer's, unwittingly discovers the gene for aging and comes up with that very cure. If you take three painful injections (which starts of illegal in this novel), you can still die by being stabbed, shot, poisoned, hit by a car or even by something like cancer, but your body will never age and wear out, so if you are cautious and look after yourself, you could well still be around for hundreds of years. The End Specialist is the cautionary tale of the way humanity could change if the Fountain of Youth is ever really discovered. What will happen to marriage when the commitment is no longer for 50 years or so at the most? What about religion? How will the world deal with its already overcrowded prisons and will a life sentence still only mean getting out when someone approaches 80 or so? What will this mean to armies, the police and other emergency services, would anyone risk their lives for others if instead of just risking around 50 more years, you're now risking possibly a thousand?

What age would society see as having the perfect body to get the injection? Then what happens to those already past that when the cure was discovered, how will society treat these people who will fast become the minority? What about those who choose not to take the cure and grow old naturally? With the death rate plummeting how will this affect the earth's population and what effects will that have? Welfare, professional sports and many other things will change and Drew Magary outlines them all as we follow the discovered blog entries of a John Farrell who has documented 60 years of his and the world's experiences since getting the cure.

The first half of the book was one of those don't want to stop reading, can't put down brilliant novels. I thought it slowed down and wasn't as interesting once John takes up the profession of End Specialist (I'll let you discover what that is). But Drew Magary has joined the ranks of authors who have played out dreams with the positives and the negatives through a fictional novel. Previous authors such as H F Saint have shattered the dream of wanting to be invisible, Arthur C Clarke showed us there are positives and negatives to a world without guns in his book The Trigger. This is one book that if you've ever wanted to stay young and live pretty much forever, you'll definitely be re-evaluating once you start to turn these pages.

Note this book was also republished under the title The Postmortal.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Who Wants To Live Forever? 25. Januar 2013
Von Carmen - Veröffentlicht auf
Imagine the cure for ageing being discovered. You can still get ill. You can still die through murder or natural disease or stupidity but once you've taken the cure you wont age. So potentially you could live forever. Or a few hundred years at least. Would you take the cure? Could you watch your friends and family who don't take it, wither away and die? Or on the flipside could you promise to have and to hold... for all eternity. What about political repercussions, religious, environmental... could our world sustain an ever growing population?

The story is told retrospectively through the journal of the central character and also various blog/news headlines. I found this side of the novel didn't work for me. I just can't believe someone would record the events in as much detail as he did... down to pauses, other peoples conversations etc, etc. I didn't buy into that side of it. However if you switch that part off, just ignore it, it's such a good book. When I initially started reading I didn't think I'd like it - the style of writing didn't feel like it was hooking me in. However I found myself talking about the issues raised with my partner.Every time something else happened in the book, both positive and negative I would talk to him about it. We all think about immortality - I'm sure of it, but there were so many issues raised in this novel that hadn't even occurred to me. All of a sudden I was at the end of the novel and I had been completely drawn in. I didn't like the end - it wasn't a satisfying conclusion for me and I still had questions... however I do recommend the book. It will have you questioning a lot of things. Even now, a couple of weeks after finishing I still find myself mulling it over.

Who wants to live forever? After reading The End Specialist... Not me. But another half century or so would be nice...

Just on a side note - my copy was the e-book and that comes with extra's at the end that the 'real' book doesn't. Mine was bought last January in the Kindle sales for a bargain 99p.

(Also reviewed on my blog with "inspired by" art work)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The End Specialist 21. Januar 2013
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I'm still reading this, but I quite like the story concept.

This would be a great book for discussion/debate for a book club.

It's a thought provoking book.
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