Primelife by Robert Golino
Why I read: Interesting sci-fi. Utopian future and VR.
Book blurb: “Can humanity survive in the perfect world? New drug Primelife promises heaven on earth: Unending life and a society where everyone’s needs are provided for. But things are not quite as they seem. Stuart Deadman is a brilliant theoretical physicist, but virtual reality is offering him something the real world can’t. Sofia Nicoletti is a woman desperate to have a child in a society that forbids them. Her strong maternal instincts ultimately prevail, but not as she imagined. Ben Donaldson is an ordinary citizen thrust into the center of a political crisis. And Karla Hoffman is an enforcement detective investigating an unsolved double murder. As she peels away the layers surrounding the case, she uncovers a disturbing government secret. The unintended consequences of Primelife are slowly emerging, and the promise of utopia may not be enough to save the world from tearing itself apart..“
One of the reasons I love reviewing books is that I get to read books by smaller publishers. Unusual little gems like this one which enrich my reading experience.
Primelife gives us a glimpse into a Future Utopia. PrimeLife drugs stop the ageing process allowing people to live indefinitely and the corporation that produces them promises a world where all needs are taken care of. The main sections of the book are told via a report which gives backstories to the books main characters and tells how the society evolved, the benefits and the problems within it.
Its fast paced and easy to read and kept me engaged throughout. An unusual sci-fi which examines a wide range of themes including immortality, the right to have children, population control, keeping in touch with nature, virtual reality and utopian ideals. Brainfreeze is a fascinating mental health side-effect causing an apathy to life which some people suffer from years after taking Primelife drugs. Its a book that makes you wonder about the desirability of longevity.
I’d recommend to fans of: sci-fi, utopia, dystopia, future science, future drugs and speculative fiction.
I received a free copy via Netgallery in return for an honest review.