LoveStar is a businessman who has placed Iceland at the enter of the world by creating technology that pairs people off with their best match from anywhere on the planet, while another of his companies changes the way the dead are disposed of. As part of his latest venture, he has tracked down the area where all prayers end up – what will happen when he arrives there? At the same time we are following the sad tale of a couple who have paired themselves off and are now under immense pressure to be paired off technologically with other people instead. Finally, what kind of world would it be if everyone was bombarded with messages aimed directly at them, by cordless people and data being transmitted via nature rather than through wires?
As you can see, there are a lot of big ideas here. If you like Kurt Vonnegut’s writing style you will like this book, which is presented in a satirical way but with a serious message underneath. His vision of the future is chilling and presents a world that no one would actually want to live in. For me the weak point would be that some of the more outlandish aspects such as the Big Bad Wolf didn’t appeal to me, but that is a personal preference. The ending was left somewhat open (I think) and I would have preferred it to be a bit more clear.
LoveStar isn’t the kind of book I would normally pick up – it looked a bit too much like science fiction for me, and was also pretty pricey at Keflavík Airport (you don’t have to pay big money for this book like I did – it’s now available on Amazon). However, translated Icelandic books are few and far between and this one had received awards on publication in 2002 so I thought I’d give it a try. To my surprise, I really enjoyed it and appreciated the intelligent writing style. If Magnason’s name sounds familiar, it may be because the popular film Draumalandið about the destruction of Iceland’s natural resources is based on another of his books.
This book will be one of those that is either loved or hated by a reader, as it is so unusual. Give it a try, even if it’s not your usual kind of read.