Using an uncanny ability to harvest information to predict the future, philanthropist Richard foresees a dark future for the human race. This future is exacerbated by the return of cold-war-like tensions, sophisticated terrorist organizations, and new controls on information flow.
He believes he knows what needs to be done to reverse the trend, but can it be achieved in time, even with the resources at his disposal? Should he turn to terrorism to make it work? And if he’s wrong, and his plan backfires, will it mean the end of most, or all, of the human race?
In addition to espionage and murder, the story lays the foundation for a series of books that explore our social structure and partnership with the planet. The second book in this series, entitled 2222, is available now.
“I write to not only entertain but to also challenge the reader to think.”
Ken Kroes is the author of "Feasible Planet - A guide to more sustainable living" and the Percipience Eco-Fiction Series. He is passionate about our relationship with our planet and applies his diverse background which includes agriculture, mechanical engineering and information systems into developing fictional worlds that reflect real life issues. Born in Calgary, Canada he has bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and has had the pleasure of living in many locations in North America and has traveled extensively.
A group of people volunteer to live in an alternative society but are not told the whole truth about the underlying “principles” behind the originator’s ideas. The more sinister methods used to achieve a society that is not depleting the Earth of its natural resources turn out to include a deadly virus and murder. The novel is full of intrigue, twists and turns, deception and eco-terrorism. I loved the fundamental ideas (and possibly Kroes’ ideals) behind the plot in this thought provoking, if disturbing, story about saving the planet. Are we witnessing a massive experiment in sustainable lifestyles?
There is a mystery thriller aspect to the story with Diane attempting to discover the identity of her brother’s murderer and Richard the architect of the “cunning plan”. In general most of the characters were well drawn and the dialogue believable. It had an unexpected end which somehow fitted the pathway that the reader had visually “trodden” to get there, and would probably have merited a five star rating had it not also included too many typos/grammatical/punctuation errors and a tiring formatting. For this reader the continuous script without conventional indenting of paragraphs and line spacing spoiled a fascinating book. A second glance from the editor could have helped? I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest and objective review.
I found the story quite interesting because environmental issues are important for me. However, the story was simplistic and the text needs to be properly proof read, as I found several spelling mistakes. Despite it's shortfalls I'm intrigued enough to read the second book in the series soon.
Something you should know about me is that I'm very easily distracted and really picky. I need a book to pull me in and keep me in its clutches. The writer needs to make me want to read that next sentence and turn to the next page. In the end, a book shouldn't be a bunch of words on stacked paper. It's a journey. Or, at least it's supposed to feel like one. You're supposed to become the characters; see what they see, feel what they feel. By the time that book is finished, you should not be the same person you were when you read the first word. 2022 definitely did not meet that expectation. The idea of this book is great. It drew me in immediately. I mean, read the blurb! However.... You can find the rest of this review (along with many more) here.
Did not love this book. It is poorly edited (a sadly frequent issue with ebooks). The dialog is unnatural and forced. Some of the events make no sense because certain characters would never allow them to happen IF they actually behaved the way you would expect. For example, when Spencer is allowed to visit Percipience, Mikhail would NEVER have let him leave without first looking through all of his belongings. Given what Olivia was working on before moving Percipience, she would not have been allowed to have any kind of personal life. And when Mikhail dumps Diana and Olivia in the wilderness.... Someone in his position would have just killed them. His decisions and actions just don't make any sense. The twist at the end was interesting, but not a huge surprise.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Overall I feel this book is a worthwhile read. The characters are fairly well developed, at least enough that they don't feel like cardboard cutouts and each feels like their own mind. The plot is unique and well crafted. The story is intriguing which adds to the worthwhile-ness of the read. I don't like the format as it gives the book a rough draft feel. The book could use an editor to fix the minor mistakes in grammar and punctuation. Otherwise this is a fresh view on an important issue wrapped up in a mystery suspense thriller with a dash of sci-fi. Kroes has a good grasp of what makes a good story. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
This fast-moving and exciting eco-thriller has it all: good writing, thorough research on climate change, an interesting plot, and engaging main characters. That said, I wish the story was not so dystopian with so many villains. Yes, the future under coming climate change is grim news, and, human nature being what it is, people will act in their own short-term self-interest, but I seek hope that the people of the earth will pull together and do what needs doing. Although there is a hint of better to come at the end of Kroes’s tunnel, I can’t wait until 2222 to see my hope fulfilled.
Talk about prescient - I am reading this book in the middle of the great pandemic lockdown. Ken Kroes has written about a virus potentially spreading out of control; and a committed billionaire trying to establish safe villages of people who can survive a dystopian nightmare if required and start life again.
Not that we know all this to begin with. We just see a young man being coldly killed on a bus and find that he knew too much (as always) and someone shady doesn't want interference while they are interfering with plans which are interfering with everyone's lives.
Several of the characters are female, perhaps because women are more committed to saving children. I did find trouble in telling their voices apart at times, and I didn't see specific mention of minority cultures or people with disabilities. Partly this is because a lot of the book involves someone telling someone else how things work. The desert island model of the villages comes across as something like the silo in 'Wool' but I was disappointed to find that no livestock are being brought. No horses and they have to plough? No goats to eat grass and provide milk, but the residents can hunt animals? No fertiliser but they can't use manure? And if the whole point is being green, how come a big American steak is on the menu prior to heading to the village, when omitting beef would reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
Anyway, that's just my take, but computer hacking and bugging locations are also featured, and it's tough going to pack in as much detail and double-dealing as this author has done to 176 Kindle pages. If you want a fascinating speculative read, which is followed by a dystopian sequel, Percipience is well worth your time.
I downloaded an e-copy. This is an unbiased review.
This was a thought-provoking, if flawed, book. I like near-future ecofiction and I like playing around in fiction with utopias, dystopias, and planned communities. Kroes' ideas about these concepts are worth pursuing. How can you set up sustainable communities? Who pays for it? Who gets to (or has to) live there? How can you plan for these communities to last through what you expect will be a grim future? I wish more of the book had been devoted to questions like this.
I found the character development a little underwhelming. I didn't believe Olivia would have been chosen for a top-secret microbiology project. Mikhail came across as a dork rather than an evil genius. It was almost comical that Diane and Olivia didn't recognize the misnamed Hope before she burned down their trailer. And Spencer was completely mysterious to me--he seemed to just fit into whatever box the author needed at the moment: spy, dupe, model, love interest, puppy . . . None of the characters had a particularly unique voice, except for Sue, sometimes, which made the story periodically confusing, especially with all the head-hopping.
But simply viewing the characters as blank slates brings the reader up against the inconvenient truths the novel wants to examine: we humans are vulnerable and our behavior usually makes the problem worse. The institutions we expect to protect us, even the good guys, have their limits. And stress and danger make people do stupid, craven things. This book will stay with me longer than it deserves to based on the writing alone. It depicts is a future we want to avoid, made more frightening because it is populated by people who are so ordinary and banal.
This book has some interesting and topical issues, as we deal with a pandemic. The characters have potential, but really the story needs more detail and hints about characters’ motivations. There are a number of typographical errors that detract from the story. Nonetheless, it is worth reading and perhaps there is s potential for a second book.
In the year 2022, things are pretty grim if you are an inveterate web surfer. A worldwide catastrophic event has resulted in the Internet Information Protection Act, or the IPAA. It's the result of a major hacking job that released hundreds of classified documents onto the World Wide Web.
Sound familiar? This near-futuristic story hits a little uncomfortably close to home, and the portrayal of a globe in which everybody is issued something called an RFID chip -- required for any attempt at accessing the Internet -- leads to the creation of a near -Orwellian state.
Couple this drastic scenario with a plot by a megalomaniacial environmentalist intent on unleashing a virulent chemical weapon as a last ditch effort to protect a handful of off-the-grid villages, and you have the elements that make up the unsettling plotline of this ambitious work of fiction based on current events.
The story revolves around a young woman named Diane who sets out to avenge the mysterious death of her brother and ends up volunteering to join one of the back-to-nature villages where she must, among other deprivations, do without makeup or coffee, or even her name, for the duration of her stay -- which could be several years.
Other characters weave in and out of the storyline, including a professional killer who has the unlikely name of Hope -- and a strongly committed enforcer of the IPAA named Sue, who reveals a chilling capability that is wired into her organization's infrastructure.
"When (the Internet user connected) it fired up a script that activated a user's camera, took a picture, and then sent it with the IP address and other information directly to (IIPA officials.)"
As if this unprecedented invasion of privacy wasn't bad enough, the IIPA decides to look more closely into the affairs of the non-profit organization called The Pleasant Belief Foundation -- the group organizing these villages -- for probable violations of the Act. They send a man to pose as a convert to gain inside access, and an uncertain fate befalls him. The plot thickens as we learn very troubling data about mankind's continued rape of its home planet.
Diane is just settling into the village to which she's been assigned when she meets her new roommate, a young woman named Olivia, who blurts out a startling revelation about Diane's murdered brother. Together, the two women vow to get to the bottom of things.
From this point on, the story twists and turns in unpredictable ways and we are given a very unpleasant glimpse of just how bad things could be if the nations of the world go on using up natural resources at our current rate and what might happen if an environmental group gone rogue goes to extraordinary lengths to make us change our wasteful ways.
I give 2022 high marks for trying its best to send a global message before it's too late. And kudos to the author for amassing a staggering amount of data on what the impact of continued environmental indifference might be. I wish him well in sending the message far and wide in this arresting book.
This review originally appeared on my blog at www.gimmethatbook.com. Thanks to the author for gifting me this review copy!
2022 is a fast paced, thought provoking read. Basically, the world is running out of resources and one man thinks he has the solution. His ideas have validity, but is there something more sinister going on under the surface?
The plot is easy to believe; we are experiencing this right now, with all the furor over greenhouse gas, oceans full of plastic, and food shortages. Also very believable is the giant organization that is monitoring and disseminating information–they appear to be benign, but that is also a concern lurking just below the surface.
As I read, I found nothing that would strain my credulity. I even believed that there would be hundreds of people willing to sign up to go live in one of the remote “villages” that was being constructed under the guise of saving the planet. I would liked to have seen more of the inner workings of the villages, but they were in the process of being built. I’d be interested to see how the Elders managed their people and if they would be as fair as they claimed they would be.
There are three strong women, Diane, Sue and Olivia, as main characters. Each of them have their own personality and foibles; I had to laugh about the idea of no makeup or coffee being a deal breaker for village living! There is also a professional killer who is, surprisingly, a woman. This adds an interesting twist to the story, as Hope (the killer) can befriend the other women and not tip her hand. She’s a true chameleon.
Richard, who wants the villages built for his own agenda, is a great characterization of a megalomaniacal genius. There is no problem that money can’t solve for him; but does he really want the planet saved? Or just saved on his terms? The twist at the ending sets up book two perfectly.
The best part about 2022 is how it makes you think. There is the obligatory population killing virus, and double crosses galore (and a few surprises), but I enjoyed reading about how the world is being affected, conveyed through normal plot advancement. The author takes this subject very seriously, and even provides a few appendixes at the end of the book, explaining his thought process.
Overall, the message comes through loud and clear without being too preachy. Anyone reading this will come away with more information that they didn’t even know was lacking in their mind, and hopefully, they will practice some of the suggestions put forth by Kroes. This truly is an issue that affects us all.
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.
Hope performs a cunning murder to cover the slip that could destroy the organisation she works for. Olivia tries to finalise a virus. Richard sees the bigger picture. Together they will bring about distruction, both intentional and unintentional.
Ah! The twists! Ah! The turns! Ah! The betrayal! Ah! The suspense! Loved it. I really can’t tell you more about the plot without ruining some things that go one, but please go and get a copy to find out for yourself.
The author worried about me taking apart the science, but it was actually very doable. Some of the things they talked about, such as engineering a virus or breeding humans in a particular way, are doable now. Not that we geneticists would ever admit to it. It also talks about missions to Mars, which are happening now (I think?).
The book promised me romance, but there wasn’t too much of it. It wasn’t enough to stop things from happening, and there wasn’t really any lovey-dovey business to detract from the storyline. Instead it was used as a hold on all of the people, nothing was sacred.
The thing that stopped me giving this book 5 stars was the usual ‘telling, not showing’. Despite the sentences being crafted carefully and being dramatically correct, I felt like they were too dry. I could never really immerse myself in the world, because it was so dry. I’m not sure how better to describe it.
I must say that the world building here was beautiful. I could see Sue’s office, experience the RV lifestyle, and get my mind inside the colonies. Amazing. This is eco-terrorism as a plot device, more well thought out than in the Alex Rider series.
The author warned me that there would be a ‘serving of broccoli’, which is to say it addresses some worrying trends in the current environmental climate (haha, see what I did there?). But that’s not a big issue at all. The main text is used to forward the story, and the notes at the end give us more details if needed. It’s a wakeup that many people need to have.
I can’t wait to read the second and third novels in this series, as they are likely to be a huge change from this one. I fortunately have them sitting on my shelf, so stay tuned for a review.
“Percipience Series is fiction at its best with a compelling factual basis. Kroes eco terrorism thriller is unsettling and puts a lot into perspective about our social structure and partnership with Mother Earth. When I read this novel, I came away with the chilling notion that it could happen sometime in the near future.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/
Kroes first offering in the eco terrorism thriller genre, 2022, centres on global intimidation made by an eco terrorist constitution and the attempts to try to stop them in their tracks while setting up a large-scale experiment for sustainable living.
Perhaps the biggest element of surprise for me was the size of global themes Kroes explores. These themes not only raise awareness of important global issues we face in life, they also educate, provoke and motivate us in to doing something positive to try to save the world as we know it, before it is too late. I also admire the author’s uncanny ability to combine, espionage, murder, revenge and a hint of romance to spice up the thrillingly relentless plot.
Could 2022 be a glimpse into our own future?
I can’t wait to read the rest of the series to find out what happens and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fiction which explores problems that surround our precious planet.
Disclosure: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The plot in this novel caught my imagination with a brilliant concept. Businessmen have set up several self-sufficient areas around the globe. Their aim of allowing people to live away from others and develop better habits is shrouded in secrecy and heavily guarded. But different characters have their own agenda.
The author has a mission, just like Any Rand whose books I enjoyed back in the day. This is a topic after my own heart, similar to the back-to-the-earth movement I became part of in the 70s.
The writing could be improved with a basic edit. However, the story carries the reader to a dramatic end. The author outlines humanity's effect on the world and possible outcomes at the end, which I found just as good as the fiction.
2022 does not seem very far away anymore to me. But this book is talking about the future and what may be in it. This book talks about how technology may be in 2022. I love to daydream with authors and see what other people think the future may hold. I'm not sure I will like it sometimes. This book for me was a fun and scary read at the same time. :) But the future is like that for me too fun to look forward too and yet a little scary too. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
2022 is a very thrilling story about Eco-terrorism, with so many twists and turns. This story is more than I thought it was going to be. Kroes is able to make everything seem so real, making it even more scary in my eyes. by adding a murder this story has a new level of complexity. Everything about this book is wonderful. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to read something new and exciting.