WHAT PRICE WOULD YOU PAY TO LIVE FOREVER?
In the near future, medical science discovers the cure for aging.
Everyone rushes to drink from the fountain of youth.
There’s just one catch…
Since the dawn of civilization, it’s been mankind’s greatest dream: immortality and eternal youth.
Dramatic advances in medical science have finally made it possible. But in order to preserve everyone’s youthful state they must undergo an irreversible operation before passing into adulthood. A special hormone patch maintains their body in the form of a preadolescent eleven year old.
Under the authority of the United Nations, Surgeon-General Dr. Richard Ross oversees the universal program that promises a peaceful utopian society. Emotionally and intellectually mature juveniles now rule the world.
But not everyone is happy with the new arrangement. A group of rebels from the Garden of Eden church plots to overthrow the new regime and return the world to its natural order. – Goodreads Synopsis
The Cicada Prophecy
Again, this is one of those books where I wanted desperately to like it! Its right up my alley in terms of ‘books I’m almost guaranteed to enjoy!’, but… I do not feel the author laid out the premise in a believable fashion, and that destroys this type of book almost immediately for me. At least, he did not provide enough backstory/documentation to make me believe that this could have possibly happened. I’m all for speculative fiction, but it has to be done in a orderly fashion. Where’s the ‘lets make sure we’re not perpetually screwing humanity before we rush into it with all our kids and end up having a bunch of people trapped in 11 year old sized pre-adolescence bodies ruling the world that would surely happen, given…you know…common sense?’ It just didn’t ring true.
The ‘witty repartee’ is half there most of the time, and there was a serious overabundance in the beginning half of the book of exclamation points and interrobangs, and seemingly a casual disregard for the formal relationship that normally exists between doctor and patient. (Who makes plans to go out for drinks with a patient the first day they meet them?) Also, even though the characters are described with (mostly) adult behaviors, the fact that we are repeatedly reminded they look like 11 year olds makes the references to ‘tight bottoms’ and sexual consideration/objectification more than little uncomfortable at times. Luckily by just over the halfway point, that dies away as the story finally starts moving.
The book seems at times like a thinly veiled vehicle for the author to show off his education in forms of massive info dumps. There’s too much detail that is almost completely unneeded. It adds an air of repetitiveness that makes the reader feel like they’re being treated like idiots. Ex: “he snapped on skin-colored surgical gloves as not to leave behind any fingerprints.” Dude’s in a heist where he doesn’t want to be found out. It easily could have been left with “he snapped on skin-colored surgical gloves” as anyone with a modicum of common sense can figure out why he’s doing it.
Luckily, the premise was interesting enough that I was willing to put up with the various issues present in the first half of the book (though I will admit there was a section taking place in the desert concerning the Methuselah tree that I ended up skimming over (and yet missed absolutely nothing of importance!)) and the second half of the book picked up the pace, focused less on the unnecessary trivia, and moved along at a brisk pace that was satisfying. I also liked that everything was not tied up with a neat bow, and that there were actually lasting consequences to actions.
This is a decent story at a base level, but definitely approach it with caution.
Okay, so I know I didn’t rate this book highly, and that others seem to love it. Are you one of the people that enjoyed it? Link me to your review of The Cicada Prophecy, because I’m curious to see another viewpoint!