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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 t
Paperback, 194 pages
Published March 15th 2015 by Ken Kroes (first published March 14th 2015)
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G.J. Griffiths
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 d ...more
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
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 s ...more
Amanda Gill
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Kasey Cocoa
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 wrappe ...more
Anne Ipsen
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 bette ...more
Clare O'Beara
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 the
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 deve
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting idea

With what is happening in the world today, this book was eerily accurate. Good ideas and an interesting perspective on the news of the day.
Don Sloan
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 access
Kyle Wendy Skultety (
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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 v
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 m
Catherine Putsche
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“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.”

Kroes first offering in the eco terrorism thriller genre, 2022, centres on global intimidation made by an eco terrorist constitution and th
Francene Stanley
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 a ...more
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very thought provoking book on the future of our society with some intrigue and mystery interspersed. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series, "2222".
Chantale Canadian Book Addict
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this book and I just couldn't put it down. Very well written.

I highly recommend this book.
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-own, 2015, e-book, kindle
picked this up on kindles free bargin page, a great read, have bought the sequel. cool premise, suspense, action and twisty turns.
Rebecca Farrar
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping and frightening

Anyone serious about what will happen in the future ,needs to read this book. Especially if you have a love for plant earth and future generations .
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“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

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