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2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

I connected with the younger generation of this book.

I'm in my early 30's and have an above average job. I still send a check out every month for my student loans. I have paid thousands of dollars to medical loans because of the ridiculous cost of health care in this country. I don't own a home nor have any children. I do...
I'm in my early 30's and have an above average job. I still send a check out every month for my student loans. I have paid thousands of dollars to medical loans because of the ridiculous cost of health care in this country. I don't own a home nor have any children. I don't feel like America is stable enough for my generation to really feel comfortable with settling down in one spot. I sat at the same desk and worked for 3 different companies from 2004 to 2011. I know there will be no retirement for my generation. I know nobody is going to start making the rich pay their fair share. I know corporations will continue to monopolize the market place. I know there are almost no outlets for true journalism (Amy Goodman and Democracy Now does the best she can). I know as long as the elected leaders put before me are a multiple choice test of preselected candidates nothing will change. Great book though.

posted by NMUwildcat on May 24, 2011

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5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Ho-Hum

This is not a work of literature. The author (whose main credits are screenplays) writes with the economy of words one expects in a screenplay, and this work reads more like a book-length treatment than anything else. I expect to see fairly soon that it will be made i...
This is not a work of literature. The author (whose main credits are screenplays) writes with the economy of words one expects in a screenplay, and this work reads more like a book-length treatment than anything else. I expect to see fairly soon that it will be made into a film.

Brooks' dystopian future is filled with gadgetry he describes in detail but which has little use in the story. Excepting the video-phones and the concept of retirement communities on cruise ships, there's entirely too much attention given to things. Had the author spend more time developing characters and locations, we might actually have a nice work of fiction here.

Instead, we have an overloaded cast of characters, some of whom are invested with an entire story line and many of whom are ignored when the author no longer knows what to do with them.

The basic story is this: The man who cured cancer gets into a shouting match with a young man (Max) who wants the older generation to understand how badly they're taxing their children. The failed encounter spurs Max to lead a small gang which briefly takes over a retirement community. Max and his gang are killed by a SEAL team, but not before about 15 retirees die in the process.

The other story lines -- the Los Angeles earthquake, the rebuilding of LA by China and the ensuing partnership, the plans to put a foreign-born man into the White House as president, the current president's need for emotional intimacy that alienates his wife, etc., etc. -- aren't needed in their current, bloated form, to advance the basic story. Even the story of Kathy (who is saddled with debt after her father dies and who is briefly considered an accomplice of Max) would have been interesting had it been treated as something other than padding.

Is it comic in places? Darkly so, and that wears thin in short order. Does it present a cautionary tale of the high price (financially and emotionally) of the USA taking on more debt? Perhaps, but it gets lost in the author's fascination with technological advances.

Don't waste your time. This book isn't worth all of the hype that has gone into it.

posted by Elishka on June 20, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Disappointing read

    Unrealalistic plot and pretty boring

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

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    First of all, the writing was poor. Sounds like a high schooler

    First of all, the writing was poor. Sounds like a high schooler wrote it. Second of all, it was a novel about health insurance. Really? UGH!!!!! Snoozefest! Don't waste your time reading this book! I wish i could get my money back and the time i took to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    Interesting but not great

    This book is casually written, easy to read, and raises some interesting questions. Some of these potential social problems are not entirely out of the realm of likely possibilities, so it would be interesting to read after 2030 has come and gone in real time. That said, the author discredits himself with his portrayal of the female protagonist. He seems to have gotten all of his information about how women think from the Penthouse forum or cheap bodice-ripper romance novels. To portray women as sex objects in every situation of their lives gives the impression that this author has never actually talked to one. Maybe his closest interactions with women have been nothing more than spying on them with hidden web-cam devices in public restrooms. The way this author unconsciously gives himself away as a lecherous creep should have been edited out somewhere along the way because it hurts the book. It's like when you see a miss-spelled word in a national commercial or TV show, and you wonder how many people saw this before publication and somehow didn't notice. It is subtle, but it is there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Promised much but delivered little

    I was really dissapointed with this book. Nothing really gets explored in any detail and it becomes more and more of a drag as you get further into the book.

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  • Posted January 4, 2012

    terrible...

    The book was painful to finish. I'm actually proud of myself for pushing through. I am by no means a writer...but I honestly feel like I could have done as well or better.

    Save your time and money.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    WE ARE LIVING THIS NOW, A NOT NEDDED BOOK

    Ummm, we are living this now, aren't we? This book, while initially good in concept, just does not work for me. Juvenile writing style, flat characters, and obviously meant to scare. But this is happening already (which I think is the point.. I think) and reading the news is enough to scare/worry me. Don't need this wasted effort. Sad, but hey it was worth a try.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

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    Not bad, but not great either

    It was okay. Too many characters to keep track of, and the ending was so vague and left too many loose ends. On the bright side, it was very well written and creative, and a nice way to look at the coming years, where people live longer and longer, and the younger generations are suffering because their tax dollars are going to helping old people, rather than themselves.

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