THE TALKING COFFINS OF CRYO-CITY by Shirley Parenteau

THE TALKING COFFINS OF CRYO-CITY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A really scary notion goes haywire. It's 2097, and the earth is a pastoral paradise--in which, however, the ""tyranny of nature"" has been supplanted by the tyranny of the Weather Planner. But, this particular spring, the rains haven't come and haven't come. So 16-year-old free-thinker Kallie, convinced that the weather machine has broken down, subversively slips a ""Rain"" card into the works--knowing that, like other law-breakers, she'll be treated as sick and frozen, awaiting some future ""cure,"" in Cryo-City. But, she quickly learns, nobody has yet been unfrozen, even those with ordinary, now-curable ills (something about ice-cyrstal damage); and the cryo-capsule sometimes malfunctions . . . causing the person inside to wake up and then slowly suffocate. Once Kallie loses her fight to stay out of the capsule, however, events take a bizarre, horror-movie turn involving a ""secret kingdom"" of mad, frost-burned viragos and their even more insane ruler, Cryo-City attendant Dirk, who has special plans for pretty Kallie. Ultimately she'll beat the whole over-programmed system--return the earth, as her farmer-dad says, to crops and weeds--but a lot of macabre flimflam strews the path to that blessed state.

Pub Date: Dec. 7th, 1980
Publisher: Elsevier/Nelson