First Impression Friday - 2030 By Albert Brooks

2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America
Published By St. Martins Press May 10th 2011
The Description from the book cover:
"Is this what’s in store?
June 12, 2030 started out like any other day in memory—and by then, memories were long. Since cancer had been cured fifteen years before, America’s population was aging rapidly. That sounds like good news, but consider this: millions of baby boomers, with a big natural predator picked off, were sucking dry benefits and resources that were never meant to hold them into their eighties and beyond. Young people around the country simmered with resentment toward “the olds” and anger at the treadmill they could never get off of just to maintain their parents’ entitlement programs.
But on that June 12th, everything changed: a massive earthquake devastated Los Angeles, and the government, always teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, was unable to respond.
The fallout from the earthquake sets in motion a sweeping novel of ideas that pits national hope for the future against assurances from the past and is peopled by a memorable cast of refugees and billionaires, presidents and revolutionaries, all struggling to find their way. In 2030, the author’s all-too-believable imagining of where today’s challenges could lead us tomorrow makes gripping and thought-provoking reading."

Far fetched or very possible, you decide? Either way this is a fascinating novel looking at many perspectives of life in the not so far off future.  I am a couple of chapters into the story as I only brought home this copy a couple of nights ago (another book loan from work). I picked out this book because I love to see what writers see for our future. There are no intergalactic invasions, zombies or flying cars, but there is discussion of robot children that do not age (a product that did not work out very well), which makes the story that much more believable. While some may find the writing a little dry at the beginning I find that it fits well as it reads as a social history book rather than a novel (the history beginning in 2015).  2030 has moved to the top of my current reading list!

If you are wondering about the author, Albert Brooks; yes it is the Albert Brooks that you know from the movies! This is his first novel but not the first thing he has ever written. He has written 7 movies including one of my favourites,  Defending Your Life in which he starred opposite Meryl Streep. From what I can tell so far, if you like his movies you will like this book. If you like books about the future you will like this book.


  1. This sounds like an interesting book. I have never seen Defending Your Life- so I just may have to watch that, too!


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