Reviewed by Odylle Dis
Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh is a sci-fi story set in the near future. In 2100 we do not only date in real life, or on the internet, but we can go to special dating centres where people – frozen at minus eighty – wait for another shot at love. But these people are not frozen by choice. They died and either have insurance to be revived or are brought back by the company because their original looks will make money.
In Love Minus Eighty you follow the characters Rob, Mira and Veronika, who all have – in one way or another – a connection with the frozen dates, or better, brides. Veronika, a dating coach, helps her clients find love. Rob accidentally runs over a woman and starts visiting her frozen body. Mira is in the dating centre and desperately tries to get out.
McIntosh’s book really sketches a world that is different from the one we know today, but filled with emotions we can all relate to. Yet there are a lot of elements in Love Minus Eighty that make the story hard to believe. Screens that allow you to view any person at any time, which magically pop-up wherever that person is and gives someone the ability to watch you live. Also the fact that the “dead” bodies can be partially revived over and over again seems to be far-fetched. In addition the characters seem a bit blank and unrealistic. In fact the feelings of the humans that are not in the tanks seem to be colder than the ones who are actually “dead”.
All in all Love Minus Eighty is a good read for everyone who is into sci-fi and has a wild imagination.
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