The New World

The New World What is the purpose of life If you could send a message to the future what would it be Why do you deserve not desire to live forever Acclaimed author Chris Adrian The Children s Hospital The Great

  • Title: The New World
  • Author: Chris Adrian Eli Horowitz
  • ISBN: 9781937894320
  • Page: 301
  • Format: ebook
  • What is the purpose of life If you could send a message to the future what would it be Why do you deserve, not desire, to live forever Acclaimed author Chris Adrian The Children s Hospital, The Great Night joins the award winning creators of The Silent History Eli Horowitz and Russell Quinn to create an innovative digital novel about memory, grief and love.The New WorlWhat is the purpose of life If you could send a message to the future what would it be Why do you deserve, not desire, to live forever Acclaimed author Chris Adrian The Children s Hospital, The Great Night joins the award winning creators of The Silent History Eli Horowitz and Russell Quinn to create an innovative digital novel about memory, grief and love.The New World is the story of a marriage Dr Jane Cotton is a pediatric surgeon her husband, Jim, is a humanist chaplain They are about to celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary when Jim suddenly collapses and dies When Jane arrives at the hospital she is horrified to find that her husband s head has been removed from his body Only then does she discover that he has secretly enrolled with a shadowy cryogenics company called Polaris.Furious and grieving, Jane fights to reclaim Jim from Polaris Revived, in the future, Jim learns he must sacrifice every memory of Jane if he wants to stay alive in the new world Separated by centuries, each of them is challenged to choose between love and fear, intimacy and solitude, life and grief, and each will find an answer to the challenge that is surprising, harrowing, and ultimately beautiful.

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    1. Many other reviewers seemed underwhelmed by The New World, so I was genuinely surprised by how much this short novel moved me, intellectually and emotionally. Jane and Jim are a typical married couple who vow to make their marriage work, knowing that there will be betrayals and sadnesses large and small, but Jane never expects that upon his sudden death Jim's head will be removed to be cryogenically frozen, per his wishes of which she was never aware. The first half of The New World alternates b [...]

    2. I don't know what the hell I just read.I really wanted to love this book, because it seemed different, but i only loved the first half. After that, it seemed the author/s just said, "Oh, haha, never mind." The second half was almost like a different book, and I was irritated and confused.

    3. Artsy, experimental artificeDisappeared up its own orifaceBy the time we got to the pointy end of the pyramid it was digital drivel. Ohh! How clever! What an interesting way to finish!Hogwash! It was indulgent gimmickry! (And that is the Kindle version without the coloured tabs and forward/backward swipes of the digital version)The novel started out with such promise as futuristic genre writing. Its chapters changed in point of view and place in time. It was an interesting take on cryogenics and [...]

    4. 3 1/2 stars. When this book first started it was pretty amazing. The word I kept thinking was "complex". A man dies and has his head frozen cryogenic style and now he has to go through the process of navigating his consciousnesses to another plane of existence, the new world. Meanwhile, his wife had no idea he was gonna do this and chaos ensues for her as she tries to get her husbands head back.It's everything I could have asked for in a premise for a novel. Then about 70% in, it just starts los [...]

    5. well, I liked this but I'm not exactly sure why. I've seen comments about 'great first half/poor second half' but I liked them both they just didn't seem to fit together well. I suspect this is one that would benefit from a second reading since the end of the story seems to really be the end of "Cycle One" & the other two cycles really seem to be flashback to fill in the gaps for us. Some of the disjointedness also may just be that the philosophy behind this is SO different than American cul [...]

    6. The New World has early slightly goofy but still touching sci-fi promise (what if the cryonics people were right and you could be restored to life in the future? how could you live knowing your prior "life" was lost to you forever?). Sadly, as others have noted, the book loses its way completely about midway through by dropping the sci-fi entirely, and becoming an unsatisfying and awkward love story beset by unrealized characters, improbable plot twists, and shaky chronology.I'm not sure if the [...]

    7. Another 2016 Tournament of Books entry. This starts with a bang and then fizzles at the end. A wife returns from a trip to find her husband has just died and due to a secret contract with a Cryogenic outfit, his head has been removed! Subsequent chapters alternate between the pov of the re-animated husband centuries into the future and the distraught wife trying to come to terms with the consequences of her husband's decision. Well written but the story itself becomes muddled at the end. 3 stars [...]

    8. this book tried hard to be interesting. maybe too hard. the writing, while good, built no bridges to the plot. instead, i was left peering over a chasm that, in the end, i was fine walking away from.

    9. Um, that ending felt abrupt. It was like reading such a promising first draft of a story, so full of almost developed ideas.

    10. I actually quite enjoyed 94% of this book, and was planning to give it a solid 4 stars. It's a little bit speculative fiction, and the imagined afterlife of a cryogenically frozen head was creative and detailed and entertaining. It's also a story of a marriage, one that's mostly strong and mostly sweet, but has its weak points and sour points that make you appreciate the rest. However, it felt very much like two different books to me: the first half a sort of Galaxy Quest meets Stepford Wives wi [...]

    11. I loved the premise of this book: a man dies and his wife returns from a trip to find (surprise!) that his head has been removed and cryo-preserved. The first half of the book is plot-driven, exploring how this turn of events affects both the wife and husband, and what happens next. Midway, the book shifts gears and becomes philosophical and reflective, expanding on themes introduced during the first half of the book and examining the marriage more in-depth. The first half felt to me like it was [...]

    12. This is a weird, lovely little book, exactly the kind I was expecting. It's unusual, tonally similar to Michel Faber's The Book of Strange New Things, though totally different in nearly every other way.This was more lovely than I expected, and I'm really glad I dove into this slim little sci-fi love story.

    13. I think this is the weirdest book I have ever read and I honestly could have rated it anywhere between two stars and four. It's such a novel concept and there was a lot that I liked, but the second half is a mess.

    14. I could have done without the gruesomeness of the preservation method but I ended up liking this short if disjointed meditation of love and marriage.

    15. I think this novel was really meant to be a short story, and the writers ran out of steam to finish it up properly. The premise is really interesting.

    16. This book made me think "WTF did I just read?" I have some theories for how the book could be taken to have ended, or how I personally would like to be able to interpret it as ending. First I will share my overall review with no spoilers, and then I will list my theories under a SPOILER warning so that anyone who has read the book can let me know if they think any of them are plausible. This is the first Tournament of Books contestant that I've read. It is up against "A Little Life" (which I hav [...]

    17. The two people who wrote this book obviously didn’t talk to each other. “Here, you write the first half and I’ll write the second half and we’ll just put them together and call it a book, ok?”First half three stars, second half one.

    18. I picked this book because I wanted to read something from the Morning News'Tournament of Books and it fit my criteria of being short, not too depressing, and leaning towards sci-fi. I don't read a lot of new fiction, usually content to read what has been recommended by friends or by the test of time. The fact that this book was written in collaboration between two authors was also intriguing.This book is a fast read, despite being basically a meditation on grief and life changes. The story foll [...]

    19. The New World is a short novel that takes on massive themes- love, betrayal and the afterlife. Jane, a surgeon, is devastated by her husband Jim's death and even more appalled when she finds out that he's signed to a cryogenics program without her knowledge. His head has been taken and frozen, in the hope that he can be woken up back to life in the far future. Jane sees this as a fundamental betrayal- the two of them swore they would always be together, in life and beyond. Two parallel story-lin [...]

    20. The actual process of reading this book blind is probably 3 stars. The story as a whole, though, is 4 stars. The trouble with this book is that it doesn't quite deliver what you expect. The tone is so lighthearted and strange, surreal at times, that you don't know you're reading a serious novel until 2/3 of the way through. This is not a novel about the future, or even about cryogenics. It's about grief. The back cover seems to say that outright, but after the first two or three chapters I start [...]

    21. I found a tiny hardcover version of The New World tucked away in the wrong isle at my local bookstore more than a few months back. I picked it up and read the first few pages and was hooked immediately.There was something about the story that made me feel like this piece of fiction was reality.**NO SPOILERSI was interested but decided to wait until the soft cover came out (I'm a broke college student!!).I looked into the book more and read a few reviews which inevitably made me doubt buying it a [...]

    22. Ah. I really was with Adrian and Horowitz through the first half of the book and pretty let down by the second. My hope kept dwindling page after page as there was no connection to the conceit of the first half -- through the confusing, unfounded second reality for Jane in Cycle 2 and the total abandonment of the Jim in the future. I know this began as a digital novel, and it does reek a little of the carelessness with which we tend to allow things to be published digitally. I've noticed a trend [...]

    23. Started out loving this book although its not necessarily my usual book as it deals with the furture via cryogenics. I found myself devouring this book, then suddenly the book took a turn and it lost me. The second half was like a totally different book and for me, the plot never really resolved itself. The scifi look at the future ends and it turns into a love story, which is fine but just very strange to me how it changed so abruptly. Also, the plots never resolved themselves. I mean, I think [...]

    24. Jane feels betrayed following her husband Jim's death when it turns out he's secretly paid a cryogenics company to remove and store his frozen head after death in order to revive him in the future. There's some interesting sci-fi exploration of what the future holds for the frozen headed, and of why a person might want to do this (atheism seems a necessary component). Then there's the completely inadequate attempt to give Jim and Jane a background of passionate love for one another as the book q [...]

    25. I am having a hard time putting my feelings towards this one into words. Is it worth buying an e-reader? No. Is it as good as The Silent History? No. But is it good? Yeah. Does it tell an interesting, modern story? Yup. Does it end in a fantastic manner? Oh, you bet.Soad it? But alsoybe don't.

    26. Wish I'd read this in the atavist app instead of on kindle - this title did not make the transition well, in fact the gimmickry at the conclusion on kindle mostly just pissed me off. Read thegizmodo reviewinstead of mine if you want an enthusiast's take on this . . .

    27. The first two thirds felt a bit like an overlong George Saunders short story, but the book takes a hard turn in Cycle Two that surprised me and ultimately won me over. This one was a surprise that I would have overlooked if I had given up after 100 pages.

    28. I've never made an actual list of "Ten Least Favorite Books Ever Read" but if I did, this might make it. And, to the person that wrote the blurb on this book, the woman's name is Jane. Not Jorie. Even they couldn't stand the book, I guess.

    29. Lots of interesting ideas about big topics --love! Death! Marriage! Reincarnation! More love! -- with a very inconsistent execution. If it had gone on much longer I probably would have gotten annoyed with it, but it made its point and kept me engaged for all 150 pages.

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