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Do you remember the award-winning 1973 sci-fi movie Soylent Green, starring Charlton Heston? If so, and if you enjoyed the premise behind it, you will be both intrigued and entertained by Beyond Soylent Green 2050, written by Michael and Danny D’agostino. This novel definitely goes beyond that movie, not just in time, but in the not unrealistic ramifications of life in the USA today. If you are a senior citizen in the Soylent Green world of 2050, you most likely won’t be alive after the age of 60…unless you have the financial means to buy yourself more time on earth. Instead, you’ll most likely find yourself being shipped off to a human recycling plant to be converted into fertilizer for rich people’s lawns. But three seniors whose time is up, with the help of “the Sandman,” find a way to escape the US of 2050 and head to California, now a separate country. En route, they are joined by a couple of other “California dreaming” travelers, but what this group discovers is that while they might not end up as fertilizer in years to come, California is anything but a dream. Its female president and family live in luxury, work is near impossible to find, and tent people populate the streets of Los Angeles.
Think all this is a bit far-fetched? Well, as the authors point out in the description of this book, and assisted by actual photographs and statistics at the end of the book itself, hundreds of people are already living like this across the US. While the ending of the book has some cool surprises that might bring a smile to readers’ faces, that smile vanishes when you study the photos and stats. What you read in Beyond Soylent Green 2050 is frighteningly possible. With the upcoming US 2020 elections, Americans will once again vote for what they hope will be a better tomorrow, another chance to make America great again. The authors cast doubt that either of the major parties can achieve this lofty goal unless the country goes in the direction the “Regenites” take in this novel. Who or what are the Regenites? Read this novel to find out. Perhaps there is an alternative? Disturbing, but very entertaining reading that leaves you thinking long after you close the book.