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In 'BEYOND: The Frozen Future' Ema Cory offers us a terrifying version of the future for our planet. Her short science fiction/horror story builds on trends already evident in society today and progresses them in a frightening but thought-provoking way. The writing is crisp and concise, the characterisations clever and original and the use of Biblical sounding titles to the chapters reinforces the apocalyptic feel of the storyline.
The year is 2279. After WWIII devastates the world's population, China and North Korea are put on an enforced zero-child regime and the world's essentials- food, water, waste, housing and transport- are placed under the control of a global organisation. Climate change creates millions of refugees, terrorism millions more, who along with the indigenous poor, live largely on the streets, beneath a smothering of smog and constant drone cover. The elite live in climate-controlled luxury, barely venturing outdoors, thanks to a well-developed teleportation system. When or just before their time comes, life expectancy having stalled at 90 thanks to the failure of science to eradicate disease, those who can pay have themselves and their loved ones cryogenically frozen, whether they believe in the system or not. Alison Greshwood is the CEO and majority shareholder of Life Beyond, one of the largest body freezing organisations in the world, based in London. Through her we learn of the history, organisation and weaknesses of the company, the latter eventually culminating in it's demise as the US Threat Protection Committee puts it's secret plan into action.
We are left with the promise of a continuation of Alison's story as she puts Code Black into operation and disappears. Can't wait!
Drena Irish, A LoveReading Ambasador
Beyond is an immersive, uniquely dynamic and fast paced novel launched in 2020. The story takes the readers on a journey to 2279, where 30% of the population elect for Body Freezing yet there is no solution for waking anyone up. Populist pressure to awaken a previous US president to solve global turmoil is met with political and monetary resistance to keep those frozen in a world of limited resources. It’s up to the female leaders at Life Beyond - a London-based company - to tackle these issues in the face of scientific complications, strained egos, and personal struggles. Let me take you on a journey you’ll never forget...
Publication date: 28/07/2020
Publisher: Independently published
|Publication date:||28th July 2020|
|Genres:||Dystopian Fiction, Indie Author Books, Indie Books We Love,|