Book Log – Super Sad True Love Story

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

Okay, this is basically Brave New World, modernized.

Told through the medium of diary entries, emails (“globalteens”, a future FaceBook/MySpace), and IMs, a 39 year old book reader (an offensively smelly hobby in this dystopia) weathers the end of America and the wooing of a 20-something woman.

Some of his future-projections are a little hokey. He merges 7 or 8 current corporations into unwieldily named conglomerates, like ChaseBPMcDonalds or some such thing, which I get, but I think is weak world-building.

“Apparats” (copious umlauts excluded) are omnipresent iPhones; No one talks (or “verbals”) much, mostly they sit together and text. This seems right on.

All in all, this is a fine summer read, alternating between whimsical and believable futurism.