First Impression Friday - 2030 By Albert Brooks
Published By St. Martins Press May 10th 2011
The Description from the book cover:
"Is this what’s in store?
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.