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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.