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Misspent Youth

av Peter F. Hamilton

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It is forty years into the future and, following decades of research and trillions of Euros spent on genetics, Europe is finally in a position to rejuvenate a human being. The first subject for treatment chosen is Jeff Baker-the father of the datasphere (which replaced the internet) and philanthropist extraordinaire. After eighteen months in a German medical facility, the seventy-eight-year-old patient returns home looking like a healthy twenty-year-old. "Misspent Youth" follows the effect his reappearance has on his family and friends-his young ex-model wife Sue, his teenage son Tim, and also on his long-term pals who are now themselves all pensioners, and starting to resent what Jeff has become. Bestselling author Peter F. Hamilton has brought his unique story-telling skills to bear on an aspect of future living that is bound to increasingly fascinate.… (mer)
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An interesting premise with.uninspired execution. I wanted to read what life might be like for the first person made young again, but the actual story was banal and predictable.

This book is only 13 years old, but some of its ideas are already outdated. For instance, the author imagines a world where digital piracy has crippled creative industry to such a degree that new entertainment media can only be funded through product placement and embedded advertising. In the real world the scenario he imagines would be technologically possible, but it has not happened. In the time since this book has been written it has been demonstrated that many people will pay for things even when they could easily pirate them. Crowdfunding through services like Kickstarter and Patreon have shown some will even pay for things which don't yet exist and might never get made. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
A story about a completely reprehensible person and his mostly reprehensible family and friends in a near future England where government control and surveillance has gone too far. Rich people gone wrong should really be the title of this one, but it didn't make for great reading. The author actually warns us that some of the proof readers didn't like the characters - I should have listened!

Nothing wrong with the plot, writing or speculation on how tech will progress, I just hated the characters. ( )
  Karlstar | Jan 31, 2021 |
I started reading the book without checking other people's reviews and after three of four chapters I thought it was pretty weak, so I took a look on goodreads and saw that a lot of people complained about it. I went on and gave the book a chance even if it was getting more and more predictable. Then I stopped when the inevitable happened, the Jeff and Annabelle affair... It felt so cheap that I immediately closed the book and started another. ( )
  clmbmb | Dec 31, 2020 |
A commonplace of recent "hard" SF is the idea of very long lifespans and rejuvenation of the body. Hamilton has used it himself in his space-opera series. Here he decides to make it the focus of a stand-alone novel, examining the impact on the very first recipient and his family.

My usual complaint about Hamilton is that his stories have no subtext at all but that cannot be said of this novel of loose morals and really bad behaviour. Unfortunately the message seems rather underwhelming; if you behaved badly when you were twenty and you suddenly go from being 70 to being twenty again - you'll behave badly again. The type of behaviour is not unrealistic in that similar disasters do occur in step-families.

The characters spend so much time having sex that it gets tedious but there are some other things going on; one is a theme of a Federal Europe that has become a target of multiple terrorist seperatist groups from various formerly independent states. The society is shown as repressive and only nominally democratic. This could be merely a projection of current European trends for the sake of background and plot but it feels more like a Dystopian Warning.

These days when an SF novel focuses centrally on a Major Medical Breakthrough I expect that near the end it will unravel, either killing the recipient or leaving him exactly where he started. These seem like just a Deus Ex Machina that allows the author to quit once bored and the predictability is greatly detrimental to the overall impact of the book. This one is not an exception. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
It might be best going into this novel not expecting anything. I've only read a couple of Hamilton's novels and this time period or the ones following it directly is relatively unknown to me.

Fortunately, that doesn't mean a dime to my enjoyment.

As a matter of fact, this is pretty much a kind of family soap opera in a slightly more futuristic time than ours. It's soft-SF rather than hard-SF. And by that I mean we have two techs put on a pedestal here. The first is a global networking platform that has turned pretty much the whole world into the same architecture used by torrents today. Swarming data fields where tons of individual users make up a whole of some kind of information platform funneling at the end user.

The man who made it possible gave the tech away instead of getting filthy rich. And so he became a massive celebrity... who is eventually made the recipient of the first real fountain of life treatment, turning his old body into that of a man in his early 20's.

So far, so good. The premise of many a great and not so great trope, right here.

Now, where Hamilton makes it good is his characters and the interpersonal stuff. The focus is nowhere else.

In the end, it's a treatise on young man's follies (when he's actually an old man) in love and family. He's almost the same age as his son. His sex drive is driving him crazy. His wife, all his friends, everything is a mismatch.

The conflicts are great and the soap opera really unfolds in delicious and tragic ways, tempting us with a redemption arc ... or perhaps not. :)

Again, it's soft-SF. And where it shines is the characters.

For some reason, this novel kinda hit me harder than the previous two I had read, even though the official ratings on the other two were quite high. It may just be a case of right tale, right time, or perhaps I'm just getting used to the author's style.

Or perhaps he just meant this to be a bit more than a light tale and more a tale of growth and family. For that, I just happen to be in the right place to appreciate it. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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It is forty years into the future and, following decades of research and trillions of Euros spent on genetics, Europe is finally in a position to rejuvenate a human being. The first subject for treatment chosen is Jeff Baker-the father of the datasphere (which replaced the internet) and philanthropist extraordinaire. After eighteen months in a German medical facility, the seventy-eight-year-old patient returns home looking like a healthy twenty-year-old. "Misspent Youth" follows the effect his reappearance has on his family and friends-his young ex-model wife Sue, his teenage son Tim, and also on his long-term pals who are now themselves all pensioners, and starting to resent what Jeff has become. Bestselling author Peter F. Hamilton has brought his unique story-telling skills to bear on an aspect of future living that is bound to increasingly fascinate.

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