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FTN reviews The End Specialist by Drew Magary

February 22nd, 2012 by Marc 1 Comment

“I don’t want to die. I’m terrified of death. I fear there’s nothing beyond it and this existence is the only one I’ll ever possess.”
Those three sentences uttered by John Farrell, the main protagonist of The End Specialist sum up the ethos of the stunning debut from Drew Magary.
The End Specialist is a powerful study of man’s nature that reads like a post-apocalyptic George Orwell tale.
Set in the very near future, John Farrell is only 29 when he take The Cure. A new found cure for aging that means that you never grow old and can’t die from natural causes.
At first this seems like the answer to all of life’s problems, but as the years progress Farrell becomes cold and alone as he realises the futility of immortality.
At the same time society begins to crumble as religious fundamentalists declare war on the newly monikered Postmortals, who are the vast majority of the population who have opted out of dying.
Farrell becomes so disenfranchised that he takes a job as a government sanctioned End Specialist, a fancy name for what is essentially an exterminator of people who have decided they have had enough of life.
The End Specialist works best as an allegory for our own obsession with materialism and the growing levels of isolationism and loneliness that social networks are creating.
It’s a wry look at the way society is going and Magary deserves immense credit for creating a tale that isn’t afraid to ask difficult questions, regardless of the consequences of the answers.

***** Paddy Ryan

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….