Book Review: Fall or Dodge in Hell
Neal Stephenson’s Fall or Dodge In Hell (2019) is a novel about the death of an uber-rich man, Richard Forthrast, and the repercussions of freezing his body and using technology to extend his life after death. That is the first part of the book, the second part of the book is about what happens in the cloud where people’s consciousness are kept after death. It’s really hard to describe the book in a couple of sentences without giving too much away.
This is the strangest book I’ve ever read. The first have goes into a series of interesting ideas and scenarios dealing with immortality. Stephenson explores the legal ramifications of freezing someone’s body after death. From there, he leads the reader to think about what it means to be alive, the true meaning of consciousness and what it really means to be human. Truly thought-provoking issues. Then comes the second part of the book. The last half of the book reads like a fantasy novel. I understand that there is a whole lot of symbolism present in the second part, but I just didn’t want to explore it. Now, I’m not saying the book is bad. It’s not bad at all, The truth is, I could have done without the second part of the book. I felt that it just didn’t mesh well with the first part of the book. I felt myself trying to understand what he was trying to tell me. I really think I might have missed the last thought he wished me to have as I closed the book after reading the last page.
I think this book is a love it or hate it book. I recommend reading this book. After reading this book, I guarantee you’ll have an opinion on what it means to be a human being. I curious to hear opinions about this book. Do me a favor, after you’ve read it, let me know what you think in the comments section below.
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