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A realistic dystopian novel that makes you think
Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2014
While lately I've been reading a lot of dystopian fiction, Geoffrey Wakeling's book Cryo is the most realistic and the one I've enjoyed the most. The Earth is dying because of what we did to Her, not because of some far-fetched, scientifically bogus premise. What Wakeling paints is real: if we keep acting the way we do, and treating our planet as if it were an unlimited resource, we are going to be in trouble. Deep trouble.
The solution offered is also realistic: again, Wakeling doesn't go and fetch impossibly built spaceships or space stations whose energy is never clear where is derived from. The only escape in Cryo's world is cryogenic freezing. It's a bet into the unknown, yet when your own world is dying, what other choice do you have?
I really enjoyed this book, from the premise to the world building, which is truly realistic and scary. Winning the lottery propels the protagonist John into fame, turning him into a hero despite himself, and he grows throughout the book. Despite the media being oblivious of what's truly happening on the planet, you can still see the consequences of pollution and a dying Earth through John's (and the surrounding characters') everyday life: fake skies; water tokens (loved this idea, BTW!); smog.
Cryo is one of those reads that stays with you long time, making you think about the consequences of our lifestyle if we don't start acting soon.