The Ups and Downs of Being Dead
Jul 23, 2012
Author: M.R. Cornelius
Paperback: 390 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (May 27, 2012)
An interesting premise for a story.
What if you could become cryogenically frozen until they find a cure the the cancer that's killing you, but you discover that you don't remain a frozen piece of meat on a slab, but instead become a "ghost" of yourself?
This is what happens to Robert, who happens to be rich enough to afford the process.
He's shocked to discover that he's not just "nothing" until his planned revival in 75 years but a walking, thinking, caring person who is now living a completely different life. New friends, loves, and experiences.
He watches what becomes of his family and suffers greatly with that - the end results are not pleasant. He falls in love with another "ghost" and they travel the earth enjoying each other's company.
The big zinger is when the company starts reviving the frozen people, now numbering in the thousands. As they come back to life they don't remember their frozen lives at all - it's as if that time never existed. The people come back at the same time in their mind as when they were frozen. Suddenly Robert realizes he doesn't want that at all, he wants the life he has now.
Can he stop the process and carry on for eternity as he is? Read the story and find out!
I will add this is a self-published book and it is very well done. Good editing with great characters who are fully fleshed out. The story could have perhaps been condensed a bit, but overall it is a good story that engages the reader.
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