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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Misspent Youth by Peter F. It is forty years in the future and, following decades of research and trillions of euros spent on genetics, Europe is finally in a position to rejuvenate a human being. The first subject chosen for treatment is Jeff Baker, the father of the datasphere which replaced the Internet and philanthropist extraordinaire.
After 18 months in a German medical facility, the year It is forty years in the future and, following decades of research and trillions of euros spent on genetics, Europe is finally in a position to rejuvenate a human being.
After 18 months in a German medical facility, the year-old patient returns home looking like a healthy year-old. Paperbackpages. Commonwealth Universe prequelCommonwealth Saga 0. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Misspent Youthplease sign up.
The low ratings are worrisome. I’m working through the Night’s Dawn Trilogy and wanted to work on this series next. Is it a good idea to read this book before Pandora’s Star?
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Nutsmuggler I’d skip this book entirely. I read Pandora’s Start first, which is magnificent. Then I thought I’d go back to this one, which is a kind of prequel. This …more I’d skip this book entirely. This is really a young adult book with a small tinge of SF. It’s mostly teenage drama and softcore. Pandora is the place to start from I believe.
I haven’t read any of the books in the commonwealth series yet, I just found out about them, but I was wondering if I should start with this book or Pandora’s Star? Is this something that like is just a good back story for things that happened in the first book?
Or is it its own kind of story? Nutsmuggler It’s its own story, kind of a prequel, but a very missable one. There are a few details liked to the …more It’s its own story, kind of a prequel, but a very missable one. There are a few details liked to the commonwealth saga, but it’s small stuff, and stuff you’d get without reading this book. Pandora on the other hand is great, I’d start from Pandora.
See all 3 questions about Misspent Youth…. Lists with This Book. Aug 25, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: It might be best going into this novel not expecting anything. I’ve only read a couple of Hamilton’s novels and this time period or the ones following it directly is relatively unknown to me.
Fortunately, that doesn’t mean a dime to my enjoyment. As a matter of fact, this is pretty much a kind of family soap opera in a slightly more futuristic time than ours. It’s soft-SF rather than hard-SF. And by that I mean we have two techs put on a pedestal here.
The first is a global networking platform tha It might be best going into this novel not expecting anything. The first is a global networking platform that has turned pretty much the whole world into the same architecture used by torrents today. Swarming data fields where tons of individual users make up a whole of some kind of information platform funneling at the end user.
The man who made it possible gave the tech away instead of getting filthy rich. And so he became a massive celebrity So far, so good.
The premise of many a great and not so great trope, right here. Now, where Hamilton makes it good is his characters and the interpersonal stuff.
The focus is nowhere else.
In the end, it’s a treatise on young man’s follies when he’s actually an old man in love and family. He’s almost the same age as his son. His sex drive is driving him crazy. His wife, all his friends, everything is a mismatch. The conflicts are great and the soap opera really unfolds in delicious and tragic ways, tempting haamilton with a redemption arc And where it shines is the characters. For some reason, this novel kinda hit me harder than the previous two I had read, even though the official ratings on the other two were quite high.
It may just be a case of right tale, right time, or perhaps I’m just getting used to the author’s style. Or perhaps he just meant this to be a bit more than a light tale and more a tale of growth and family. For that, I just happen to be in the right place to appreciate it.
View all 4 comments. Jun 21, Roger rated it really liked it. I was almost scared away by the 2 star review this book seems to carry with it, but I’m glad I picked it up anyway. Misspent Youth was a departure albeit a pleasant one from the space operas I expect from Hamilton. A core group of three or four characters all interacting to form a fairly dysfunctional family experience character development and individual changes that his stories don’t usually get the opportunity to delve too deeply into considering how much is always going on with as many chara I was almost scared away by the 2 star review this book seems to carry with it, but I’m glad I picked it up anyway.
A core group of three or four characters all interacting to form a fairly dysfunctional family experience character development and individual changes that his stories don’t usually get the opportunity to delve too deeply into considering how much is always going on with as many characters as are usually involved in a typical Hamilton plot. You will love and hate all of the characters at some point, and by the end, you’ll really come to appreciate how important they all are to one another.
What I really enjoyed about this book was the focus on the characters living their lives through the short window the story covers. Typically in most Sci-fi I’ve read, certainly in most of Hamilton’s books, the story is one of heroes accomplishing extraordinary things in a high tech world; here is a story that just took a family, put them in the not-too-distant future, and looked at how life would be different.
Even the main character’s major lifetime accomplishment, the one which garners all his current status, occurs before we meet him. To be sure, there are some out of the norm things happening to this group, but for the most part, it’s not their doing. They are just normal people who have found themselves in fairly understandable circumstances in a different, but not un-relatable world.
I really did not get the point of this book, it started off well creating a futuristic society that has undergone dramatic changes as a result of necessity and intriguing new technologies. But then it rapidly descends into a torrid family drama where Jeff has been rejuvenated and returns to his old life to find his body over-riding his mind as he makes one insanely bad decision after another.
The glimpses of the political and scientific worlds is really intriguing but sadly these take a distant I really did not get the point of this book, it started off well creating a futuristic society that has undergone dramatic changes as a result of necessity and intriguing new technologies.
The glimpses of the political and scientific worlds is really intriguing but sadly these take a distant back seat to Jeff’s urges. None of the questions raised by the events in the book are addressed at any level other than to suggest that no matter how mature a person, if you give them back their physical youth they will behave as such and all the wisdom just goes out the window. While the writing is very good and is thoroughly engrossing when not demeaning the characters or attempting sordid liaisons this isn’t enough to make this any thing than a disappointment.
This is a book that was really not for me. Jul 30, Luke rated it did not like it. Set inMisspent Youth portrays a fairly bleak future. It centers on Jeff Baker, inventor of the ultimate data storage system and thus chosen as the worlds first recipitent of Rejuvination. Jeff returns to his wife and teenage son as a 25 year old man.
Understandably this causes breakdowns in his marriage and relationship with his son Tim, particularly after Jeff takes an interest in his son’s attractive girlfriend Annabel. Jeff and Annabel begin a torrid affair, then later after being caugh Set inMisspent Youth portrays a fairly bleak future. Jeff and Annabel begin a torrid affair, then later after being caught in the act by Tim, embark on a trip around the world, seemingly to bonk one another senseless and experiment in group sex.
And that’s about it, at some point this story becomes some sort of erotic romance novel, graphically depicting the sex between Jeff and Annabel. At times it’s downright creepy with Annabel drawing comparisons between Jeff and his son’s sexual performace. The futuristic concepts put forward in this book were intriguing, particularly the collapse of the film and tv industry, due to unstoppable Internet piracy.
This could have been a great book, but it gets mired in smut and never manages to free itself.
Apr 24, Chip rated it liked it. Very disappointing book – no plot whatsoever. The story was very shallow – man gets rejuvenated and becomes a sex crazed 20 year old. Some cool technology and interesting social processes. Writing was pretty good but I expected much more since it’s Hamilton yet no depth. Lots of glimpses of cool story threads but never executes on them. This book is one I borrowed from my local library, but is one that I will be adding to my personal collection very soon.
That said, this book is fantastic, which to be candid is what I have come to expect from Mr.