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Rollback Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2008
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Cody McGavin, chief of a robotics company and always on the lookout for new technological discoveries is one the richest people around. He is convinced that Sarah is vital to decoding the message now and also for future message exchanges with "her Dracon pen pal". It is 2048 and, thanks to a process of DNA resequencing and some other "tuck" jobs, it has become possible to literally roll back a person's biological body to the prime of their life, around age 25. The procedure is experimental and only for the super-rich, like McGavin himself. He is willing to pay for Sarah to have this chance at another lifespan. It's not something she accepts lightly, insisting that her husband of 60 years, Don, is included in the offer. They both undergo the procedure which is successful for Don but not for her.
While in Sawyer's previous bestseller, Mindscan, life could be extended thanks to copying a complete brain map onto the bionic body, in Rollback advances in medicine are the solution.Read more ›
But Sawyer doesn't deliver. His characters that are drawn so shallowly that it's hard to develop any interest in them. And what we do find, especially in the person of Don Halifax, is a curious inconsistency. On the one hand we're supposed to believe sympathetically that he is at heart a nice guy, a good man, a human being who makes forgivable mistakes. But in fact most of the time he behaves like a jerk. He snaps at people; he cheats on his wife; he's dishonest; he's self-centered. This is a great guy?
Also annoying are the numerous little speeches that the characters make. Few people talk like that in real life. It's especially unnatural when Don and his wife, Sarah, converse about big ideas. They sound like two people in a panel discussion rather than a husband and wife chatting. This is symptomatic of a larger problem with the book: it's sprinkled with mini-essays on a variety of topics. Some readers may find these digressions interesting, but in most cases they do little to advance the story. Their chief purpose seems to be to demonstrate the author's broad command of factoids.
A few minor quibbles: There are several plot points that I expected would lead to a twist or turn, but no, they're left undeveloped. The Atkins diet is promoted shamelessly. The sex scenes are laughably flat and two-dimensional -- obviously not Sawyer's forte.Read more ›
He neatly missed several chances to make this a pretty bad book. For an example, Peter F. Hamilton, who has written some enjoyable books, wrote a totally DREADFUL novel called Misspent Youth about the effects a man's rejuvenation has on him and the people around him. Sawyer avoided all of his mistakes.
Many writers today seem so pessimistic that it would have been easy to make the book a "downer". For example, I was very sad when one of the main characters died, but it was very consoling that the character died having accomplished a dream in life. That is all anyone today can hope for, so it seems like a pretty good second prize to me, if you miss the "brass ring" of successful rollback.
WARNING: The rest of this review contains what some may consider a "spoiler".
Sawyer could have turned Halifax's affair into something sordid, a rejuvenated man "feeling his oats", and I am glad he didn't do that, either. The story of a decent, ethical husband who is unfaithful to his wife because of very unusual circumstances and how everyone concerned deals with that is much more interesting.
I loved the robot, and I mourned and truly respected his sacrifice---would that all humans were so decent!
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I was looking for an author that was similar in style to Michael Crichton. This was definitely a good choice, the research involved and accurate use of places and real science were... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Keith A. Carlson
Really enjoyed reading this book.
Sarah and Don have been married for 60 years. It just so happens that 30 years ago, Sarah while working for SETI was able to decode the... Read more
They say timing is everything. "Good timing" depends on a lot of things, including personal situations. Read morePublished 12 months ago by RICH
I've loved every book Robert J Sawyer has ever written, including this one. I won't add any spoilers, but this particular book kept hitting me in the gut and making me think of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Josh
This is the first time I've given a Robert Sawyer story less than five stars, so I suppose I should explain. This is still a better read than most of what's out there. Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Barbara Frederick
In 2009, I read my first Robert J. Sawyer novel--Calculating God (2000)--which I enjoyed for its plethora of science yet panned for its stereotypes and a laundry list of... Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by 2theD
I am a big Robert Sawyer fan, and have read most of his novels. This one is OK but not one of his best. Usually his books are thoughtful, often with a wry humor. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by JohnInPDX
Overall, it was quite good. I wanted to find how it ended. The story was somehow familiar. Maybe he has expanded a short story.Published on July 23, 2013 by Rohit (NZ)
I'm a big fan of Robert Sawyer and enjoyed this book. As with many of his works, it explores a concept. Read morePublished on July 20, 2013 by Jonathan Rosenberg