Review: Noggin

Noggin by John Corey Whaley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Love the idea of this: a terminally ill teenager has his head cryogenically frozen so that it can be attached to a healthy body once the science has been perfected. Turns out, rather than being re-animated in a remote future, it’s just five years up the road. All his loved ones are still alive; the world looks mostly the same. It’s just that boys’ pants are tighter and the video games he loves are no longer cool and -oh yeah – all his friends kept growing up and are in college while he has to actually repeat a grade because he missed so much school being terminally ill. Bummer, dude.

So, if you were hoping for groovy science fiction (as I always am), this is not it. But, if you’re in the mood for a reasonably interesting kid trying to find his way back into a life with meaning, and some deep-ish thoughts about the many kinds of love, this one’s good.

This book has necessitated the creation of a “back-from-the-dead” shelf, as so many of the titles I’ve picked up in the last year or so deal with that topic. Hmmm.

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