Genre: Science Fiction
Number of Pages: 178
Publication Date: December 21, 2015
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In the year 2038, the human race has advanced technology to the point where human transplants are possible. Though, not everyone is qualified and the process involves going to court to prove you are a worthy candidate.
One older gentleman, John Axelton, is not ready to give up on living. He wants more time, and therefore enlists an old friend to help his application be approved. Will his lawyer friend, Phil, be able to give this seventy-six-year-old man a second chance to live?
This could have easily been another Dystopian Sci-Fi read where the government is against progress and democracy, but it wasn’t. In May’s world, there is a positive outlook in life. It is more eco-friendly (more electric cars vs. gas-powered), people are rewarded for good deeds (you can give an Internet review to those who are friendly toward you), and social media is not used as a means to give a false presentation of your life (people are actually living more than posting pictures of snippets of their lives).
What makes this world even more unique is the ability to live longer by having one’s brain be transplanted to another who has passed. The process isn’t easy and not everyone is chosen. The people who are chosen usually are those who have accomplished something major in life or have proven to be an honorable member of society. In turn, this encourages people to continually push themselves because ultimately most want to extend their lives.
Though the basis is unique and intriguing, The Pursuit of Time did lack suspense and appeal. The characters were very flat and without much personality. Sometimes it was hard to distinguish one from the other. The plot didn’t really have much depth, it was presented in a very rigid way, and was fairly predictable. At times, I had to pause while reading to do something more active because I found myself bored.
Overall, the premise is a wonderful one, but I would have liked more personality in each character and more suspense in the plot.