This book starts with hypotheticals. What if you didn’t have to grow any older, but could freeze your body’s aging process and stay exactly the same age as you are today? (Your current position on the aging spectrum might affect your answer to that one.) Now — what if everybody had access to this cure for aging? What might a society of perpetual 20-somethings look like? How would religion, politics, and social mores change as a result? And how terribly wrong could it go?
I love the premise of this book. John Farrell is 29 years old in 2019, the not-too-distant-at-all-future, when the cure for aging is discovered. Initially illegal in most countries, Farrell has the right kind of connections to get access to the cure on the black market almost immediately. It is important to note that this cure is only for aging itself — which means it is not the same thing as immortality. You can still die of cancer, or a car crash, or a nuclear bomb. You just can’t die peacefully in your sleep of old age. Within a few years the ban is overruled, and society at large jumps at the chance to stay young forever.