The Capsule

A Dystopian Novel

Fiction - Science Fiction
367 Pages
Reviewed on 05/02/2019
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Author Biography

Olga Loukianova was born and still lives in Moscow, Russia. She began writing while in middle school. Her first efforts were in poetry, then came stories, and after that plays. To become a true writer, Olga studied at the Faculty of Philology at Moscow State University, where she received her first degree in 2004. Five years later, Loukianova defended her Ph.D. dissertation in Russian literature, which focused on futurist Velimir Khlebnikov.
Shortly after graduation, Loukianova began a decade of work as an IT entrepreneur, starting with Philology 2.0, an online platform for literary and humanities enthusiasts, and ending with e-commerce startups. She co-founded several new tech companies in Russia for various products and services. During this time, Olga continued to write. She always wrote “for the drawer” and never sought publication for her work because shejudged it critically.
​ The course of her life changed sharply after her last start-up company collapsed in 2013. Olga began re-thinking her goals and ambitions in life. She understood that for her as a writer, it was now or never. «The Capsule» was completed in 2017.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Keyla Damaer for Readers' Favorite

In The Capsule by Olga Loukianova, Liza lives in her 20x20 flying capsule. Liza’s life takes place inside Net City, like everyone else’s, with their fake avatars and the fake world around them. They’re so used to their virtual reality that meeting someone for real is a nightmare. When Liza’s boyfriend dies under mysterious circumstances that’s when the nightmare she’s been living in unravels itself on page after page. She meets other real people - the first one is an old schoolmate - while trying to solve the mystery of her boyfriend’s sudden and suspicious death. Did someone kill him? Could the system, the computer overlooking everyone’s life in their perfect capsules, be behind it? Everything is revealed slowly in The Capsule, a fascinating dystopian novel by Olga Loukianova.

I haven’t read a book that made me feel this way since Orwell’s 1984: claustrophobic, controlling, devastating. I liked both novels, although of the former I only remember the sensations it gave me. The Capsule by Olga Loukianova was capable of describing a future that may not be so far away and is not that different from the world we are living in today. People are lost in their mobile devices, in a virtual life, forgetting that outside there’s a world worthy of their attention. A world we’re neglecting and destroying day after day. If you want to have a glimpse of what humanity is becoming, then you absolutely must read this book. And the last few pages with the final twist are totally unexpected.