Top positive review
on 1 January 2013
Having just started on Peter F Hamilton's books with the superb epic Great North Road, I picked this book up after reading so many outraged remarks about it! I started reading the preview on the Amazon page and, by the third chapter, decided to download the whole thing. It's a deeply cynical, ribald, vulgar novel about a 78-year-old scientist, Jeff, who is rejuvenated as a twentysomething year-old and the fallout within his family and his experiences as a political football in the hands of a federalised European Union, for whom democracy is a dirty word (not much change there then!)
Like any of us would upon becoming a celeb, Jeff goes rather wild and makes a compete mess of his personal life as girls throw themselves at him. All this is set against a background where many EU states, notably England, are becoming violently separatist against the totalitarian rule of the EU, with an imminent democracy march in London.
A bit of a guilty pleasure, but a quick read and a dirty laugh, yet also a tragic and timely warning about the sinister direction in which a federal EU might be headed.