By Peter F. Hamilton
Readers have discovered to count on the unforeseen from Peter F. Hamilton. Now the grasp of area opera specializes in near-future Earth and one most original kinfolk. the result's a coming-of-age story like no different. by way of turns comedian, erotic, and tragic, Misspent adolescence is a profound and well timed exploration of all that divides and unites fathers and sons, women and men, the younger and the old.
2040. After a long time of targeted study and experimentation within the box of genetic engineering, scientists of the ecu Union think they've got eventually conquered humankind’s so much pernicious foe: previous age. For the 1st time, expertise holds out the promise of now not simply slowing the getting older method yet truly reversing it. the traditional dream of the Fountain of stripling turns out at hand.
The first topic for therapy is seventy-eight-year-old philanthropist Jeff Baker. After eighteen months in a rejuvenation tank, Jeff emerges taking a look like a twenty-year-old. And the swap is greater than dermis deep. From his hair cells all the way down to his DNA, Jeff is twenty–with a breadth of lifestyles adventure.
But whereas owning the knowledge of a septuagenarian at age twenty is something, raging testosterone is one other, as Jeff discovers while he makes an attempt to select up his existence the place he left off. all of sudden his oldest acquaintances look, good, previous. Jeff’s trophy spouse appears higher than she ever did. His teenage son, Tim, is extra like a more youthful brother. And Tim’s nubile female friend is a conquest too tempting to resist.
Jeff’s rejuvenated libido wreaks havoc at the lives of his family and friends, straining his dating with Tim to the verge of collapse. It’s as though early life is a drug and Jeff is wasted on it. but when so, it’s an dependancy he has no real interest in kicking.
As Jeff’s own existence spirals uncontrolled, the eu Union undergoes a parallel meltdown, attacked via shadowy separatist teams whose violent activities earn either condemnation and applause. Now, in a single terrifying immediate, the non-public and the political will intersect, and neither Jeff nor Tim–or the Union itself–will ever be an analogous back.