Do Not Resuscitate by Nicholas Ponticello is loosely a science fiction book which bounces from recent years to a few decades in the future. It follows the life of Jim Frost and his family. The book itself only dips its toe in the smallest fashion into any type of science fiction concepts. If anything the differences between our current times and these future decades is minimal and not discussed to any real degree other than water is scare and crops are failing, but it does not affect him and his family because they are prosperous.
Genre: Science Fiction
Stars: 3 Stars
Reviewer: Michael D. Griffiths
The novel moves from the future to dozens of different levels of flashbacks where Jim details himself and his family. He discusses things of mild interest and his strange messenger job where he receives and transports red coolers.
In some respects this does seem like an older man telling his memoirs and trying to include anything he might consider interesting enough to share. So there is a dose of realism, which you often do not get in fiction where authors search for the fantastic and dramatic. This seems more like sitting with your grandfather on the back porch while he tells you how he met your grandmother.
There is really no plot or endgame although some of it is amusing. It is also a likeable tale, but more of a fictional memoir than an action or science fiction story. Drawbacks might include the sort of cheery white privilege aspect. “Everything goes right for us and we all get rich and have great opportunities.” Also, despite a build up into mystery with the red coolers, it fizzles out into a small side bar of the story, but allows Jim to have an association to helping the planet, but only as a courier doing something which we are not shown.
If you are looking for a slightly amusing, good humored, fictional ramble by a man living into the near future you should look this one up.