Sunday, August 17, 2008

Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer

First sentence:

"It had been a good life."


"Dr. Sarah Halifax decoded the first-ever radio transmission received from aliens. Thirty-eight years later, a second message is received and Sarah, now 87, may hold the key to deciphering this one, too . . . if she lives long enough.

A wealthy industrialist offers to pay for Sarah to have a rollback—a hugely expensive experimental rejuvenation procedure. She accepts on condition that Don, her husband of sixty years, gets a rollback, too. The process works for Don, making him physically twenty-five again. But in a tragic twist, the rollback fails for Sarah, leaving her in her eighties.

While Don tries to deal with his newfound youth and the suddenly vast age gap between him and his wife, Sarah struggles to do again what she'd done once before: figure out what a signal from the stars contains" -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This was a thought-provoking book about youth and age, ethics and alien contact. I liked the conversations Sarah and Don had about the Draconis aliens.

Date read: 8/5/2008
Book #: 52
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: SF

ISBN-10: 0765349744
ISBN-13: 9780765349743
Publisher: Tor
Year: 2007
# of Pages: 313
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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