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Love Minus Eighty Paperback – 11 Jun 2013
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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)
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.See all Product description
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The concept behind this of the cryogenic facility setting up rich visitors with damaged 'bridesicles' was fascinating to explore, and amazingly there is more to this book. It's rare to find a novel with a futuristic setting that really delivers on that front, and I think Love Minus Eighty could set examples for many authors to come.
Engrossing character development, intriguing technologies, twisted social norms...definitely, definitely worth a read.
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. Rob's friends, his ex-girlfriend in her crazy social media whirl, the man who wants to commit suicide but risks being rewoken against his wishes, his father who lives with the memories of his dead wife, and most of all the frozen women that we glimpse in all their terror, grief and desperation.
As all good dystopias should, Love Minus Eighty builds a well-realised and extraordinary world. The layers of city reflect the layers of social class. This is a world in which you are classed by the technology you carry on your body, your social skin, and how many conversations you can conduct simultaneously. Yet this contrasts with the people themselves. Many of the characters we meet here want the same things as you and me, no more or less, and the main story of Rob and Winter co-exists so well with the love stories of other individuals who have to work so hard to uncover true feelings behind all this social glitter.
This thoroughly enjoyable novel has some big themes but they are not delved into too deeply. Instead, this is a fast, easy to read and addictive novel that you can put as much or as little thought as you like into reading. I would certainly like to read more of this dystopian world and find out what happened to some of the other Bridesicles imprisoned in their coffins of ice.
It's a great read, the characters were not only believable but people I wanted to spend time with and when added to the bizarre future possibility (one that I could actually see happening) all round generated a story that I blitzed through without realising it. Add to this great prose, some wonderful dialogue which all round, with the arc made this a book that I really can't recommend enough to other readers out there looking for an alternate science fiction title.
And for perhaps the first 10% of the book I was unaffected. And then I was drawn in and finally I was moved.
This is a cracking read with quite... masterful delivery of its core message and theme.
It's a beautiful book and I whole heartedly recommend.
This review might come across as overly sentimental, but then again I just finished the book two minutes ago so I can perhaps be forgiven.
A decent summer read and a weird but wonderful romance. I would definitely recommend it for romance or sci-fi fans.
A believable world & characters carry the story without labouring the point or dwelling unecessarily on themes raised throughout. Parts reminded me of older cyberpunk novels but with the tech updated to reflect current trends - though this never pulls you out of the world WM has created.
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