So, here’s a thing: Love minus eighty feels just like Super sad true love story except Love minus is fun to read!
I liked this book a lot — Readers should know it is more a love story with a science fiction backdrop than an all-out dystopian sf novel. You can feel that this was originally a short story, and there was a place where I expected it to end — but then, it continued.
While reading, I did imagine what this story would have been had it been written by Asimov, or LeGuin. I would have enjoyed more science, or more thoughtful delving into the social implications, or a serious treatment of the thoughts and feelings and the experiences of the bridesicles, during the “dating” and after being revived. But that’s not the book McIntosh chose to write. Instead, he described the world and thoughts and feelings of the people around the bridesicles. There’s lots to talk about here if you have a group of folks who like to talk about books.