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Will McIntosh
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11 Jun 2013

A NOVEL OF LOVE AND DEATH, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

The words were gentle strokes, drawing her awake.

"Hello. Hello there."

She felt the light on her eyelids, and knew that if she opened her eyes they would sting, and she would have to shade them with her palm and let the light bleed through a crack.

"Feel like talking?" A man's soft voice.

And then her mind cleared enough to wonder: who was this man at her bedside?

She tried to sigh, but no breath came. Her eyes flew open in alarm.

The Minus Eighty . . .

Where millionaires browse the catalogue of icy women, judging on beauty ratings and revival costs.

Where a freezer's gentle hum plays the background symphony for the world's most expensive first dates.

Where death is only the beginning.

Love Minus Eighty is a disquieting vision of our romantic future, as hopeful as it is horrifying, by a Hugo Award-winning author.


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (11 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356502147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356502144
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A clever premise, brilliantly executed . . . chilling and touching at the same time (Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe)

McIntosh paints an intriguing picture of a society ruled by celebrity culture (DAILY MAIL)

Not only a complex, affecting and surprising love story, but a perceptive critique of a society mired in addictive technology and celebrity status (GUARDIAN)

Speculative fiction at its most personal and powerful . . . Intriguing, quirky, perversely charming and definitely affecting (KIRKUS REVIEWS)

McIntosh intertwines three futuristic stories about individuals looking for love . . . The author's high-tech New York City is both fascinating and plausible . . . McIntosh manages to show how technology can both divide and unite us while delivering a highly entertaining tale (RT BOOK REVIEWS)

Disquieting, hopeful, yet horrifying (DAILY EXAMINER (Australia))

Grimly plausible . . . this SF romance is a fine piece of work (SFX)

Will McIntosh has created a highly plausible future . . . a good conceit with a great deal of potential (SCIFI NOW)

McIntosh's gripping and sweetly moving tale is anything but a pile of romance clichés...a contender for awards' (ARC)

Love Minus Eighty has award winner written all over it (SF CROWSNEST)

Casts a clear and knowing eye on our current society, from the best viewpoint of all: the future (Kim Stanley Robinson)

Immerses you in a world that is a surprisingly charming cross between Philip K. Dick and Jane Austen . . . manages to deliver a light, romantic story without ever sacrificing its dark vision of the future (io9)

A beautiful, emotionally resonant tale . . . a dark, impactful novel (TOR.COM)

This is a book with plenty to say about the way we live now and a witty and engaging manner of saying it. With its mixture of assured storytelling, clever ideas and a half-amused, half-tender portrayal of alienation in a fantastical big city milieu, Love Minus Eighty is an excellent example of character-driven, thematically rich SF, and even those usually frosty to the genre should get something out of it. (BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY)

The future world is delicately drawn, the characters all too human, and the science is easy. For both romantic and action story lovers everywhere (Maxim J. Jakubowski, Lovereading.co.uk)

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From the Hugo Award-winning Will McIntosh comes Love Minus Eighty - a chilling and touching novel that imagines love and loss one hundred years in the future.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, easy-to-read and addictive dystopia 18 July 2013
By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Set in a vaguely anonymous and heavily altered New York City a hundred years or so in the future, we are presented with a world gone social media mad. Life is lived in front of an audience of screens, the projections of online voyeurs, who follow the popular around, listening in to `private' conversations and moments. Life and death matter far less than how much money you have, how beautiful you are and how many `friends' or `followers' you have. Should you have these then death is actually little more than an inconvenient intermission in an otherwise long and spoilt existence. You will be frozen and then instantly revived, your ailments at least temporarily held at bay and your injuries fixed. If you are female and beautiful but without money then it is possible that you might find yourself in a form of frozen living death, one of the Bridesicles, awoken for brief expensive `dates' with the type of man who would want to revive a dead woman to be his wife or, more accurately, sex-slave.

The introduction to Love Minus Eighty is superb and immediately puts the reader into the heart of the matter - what would it be like to be one of these frozen women who must beg to be awoken? When Rob runs over and kills Winter (what a name!), his life changes almost as much as hers. When she becomes a Bridesicle, Rob works every minute he can to have her woken from her frozen death. Their strange relationship is the core of this wonderful novel, but there is much more to it than that. Parallel stories and lives make the pages turn quickly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever blend of SF and romance 12 Sep 2013
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A clever story that moves off in a new direction before your attention span can be tested; it extrapolates and satirises the current obsession with social media. The future depicted is well thought-out - this story can and should be enjoyed both as a possible dystopia and a romance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love Minus Eighty 15 July 2013
By Vic
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I wasn't immediately sold on the style of the book since it jumps between multiple view points, but they were interwoven well and I really started rooting for each of the characters, despite their different goals and motivations. Will McIntosh has created an interesting, and very plausible futuristic world and then filled it with equally interesting characters who, more than once, reminded me of people I knew.

A decent summer read and a weird but wonderful romance. I would definitely recommend it for romance or sci-fi fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual story 12 Dec 2013
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I have to say it took me a little while to really get into this story but about a quarter through it I got hooked and I really enjoyed it .
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4.0 out of 5 stars great world building but a little disappointing! 17 Sep 2013
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Twas an insteresting plot and look at the future and i loved the idea. The characters are interesting enough, i just loved the beginning more then the end. Once the world building ended and the love stories panned out, i just kinda guessed all that would happen and i like being suprised, i like a good twist.
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