Love Minus Eighty

Paperback | July 27, 2015

byWill Mcintosh

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In the future, love is complicated and death is not necessarily the end.Love Minus Eightyfollows several interconnected people in a disquieting vision of romantic life in the century to come.
There's Rob, who accidentally kills a jogger, then sacrifices all to visit her in a cryogenic dating facility, seeking forgiveness but instead falling in love.
Veronika, a shy dating coach, finds herself coaching the very woman who is stealing the man she loves.
And Mira, a gay woman accidentally placed in a heterosexual dating center near its inception, desperately seeks a way to reunite with her frozen partner as the years pass.
In this daring and big-hearted novel based on the Hugo-winning short story, the lovelorn navigate a world in which technology has reached the outer limits of morality and romance.

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In the future, love is complicated and death is not necessarily the end.Love Minus Eightyfollows several interconnected people in a disquieting vision of romantic life in the century to come.There's Rob, who accidentally kills a jogger, then sacrifices all to visit her in a cryogenic dating facility, seeking forgiveness but instead fal...

Will McIntosh is a Hugo award winner and Nebula finalist whose short stories have appeared inAsimov's(where he won the 2010 Reader's Award for short story),Strange Horizons,Interzone, andScience Fiction and Fantasy: Best of the Year, among others. His first novel,Soft Apocalypse, was released in 2011 from Night Shade Books, and his sec...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:July 27, 2015Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316217786

ISBN - 13:9780316217781

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating premise Pros: creepy premise, realistic characters, fantastic world-building / Cons: little action, all but one plot revolves around interpersonal relationships / When Rob kills Winter West in a car accident after a bad break-up with his girlfriend Lorelei, she's sent to Cryomed's 'bridesicle' facility, where she has the chance to attract a rich man willing to pay for her revival. / The book is built around the award winning novella, "Bridesicle". Scenes dealing with Mira, the oldest woman in the bridesicle program, are interspersed with the actions of the other characters. It never feels out of place, and as the story progresses, the novella is actively pulled into the larger narrative. / This is a book about the complexity of relationships - between friends, family and lovers. It's a book about people and how they act and react to different situations. It's about death and bringing someone back to life - how that act changes them, changes you. / McIntosh has created a cast of characters that feel like people you know in real life. From the attention hog Lorelei, to the utterly depressed and despondent Rob, doing all he can to keep a promise. Veronika, who knows she's not glamourous enough for the guy she loves, and Lycan, a super shy genius, who has trouble talking to women. And the bridesicles, Mira and Winter, trapped in a living death, desperate to get out, not knowing when or if they'll be revived again. These are all people, unhappy with life and unsure of how to make things better. As their stories weave together they grow, change and learn. And their stories touch you. / The world-building is top notch, taking into account all of the little things that are there but we don't always notice. For example, there's no current day slang, it all pertains to recent tech in the Minus Eighty world. Similarly, one of Lorelei's boyfriends takes on her speech patterns in an effort to impress her. The tech itself is dependant on your status/wealth, with the characters occasionally passing through areas of the city (futuristic NY) that are poorer than others so you get a real feel for the entirety of the world of this future. Even the cryogenics facility is class based, with the rich getting in and only the most beautiful of those uninsured women making the bridesicle program. / This is a brilliant, heart-wrenching story set into one of the most realistically portrayed futuristic worlds I've read. If you want a lot of action and adventure this isn't for you. If you want a book about how humans treat each other, and why, then I highly recommend this.
Date published: 2013-07-09

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"[A] heartfelt, funny, and often infuriating tale of hearts in conflict in a world where, extreme advances in technology aside, people remain essentially what they are now: selfless, self-absorbed, certain, confused, generous, cruel, kind, perceptive, and blind."-SciFi