The End of Athens by Anthony Karakai

The End of Athens by Anthony Karakai
Publisher: Trident Media Group
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA
Length: Full Length (300 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

In the year 2091, humans have lost the ability to dream. After decades of financial and social depression, dreams and aspirations have become a recessive gene—an impossibility of the modern mind.

Greece is one of the worst social and economic disaster zones, and all hope of a better future has been lost. One young man, Nikos, discovers that he is not like everybody else—there is something different about him.

Believing that he may be going crazy, he soon discovers that he is the only person in Greece who has inherited the ability to dream. Time is running out as the government continues its tirade of corruption and suppression against the people, and Nikos must find a way to teach others how to dream so that once more society can free itself from the shackles of mental slavery.

Nikos lives in Athens in the year 2091, and he is the only person in Greece who has inherited the ability to dream. Wars and decades of financial and social depression have left society crippled with no hope and no dreams for a better world. Nikos believes that “we are stuck in an era without purpose, a time capsule without significance and a period without cause.”

Nikos starts having dreams when he is twenty. At first he thinks he is going crazy, and he keeps his visions a secret so that he won’t be institutionalized. He goes on a college field trip to gather statistical data about other small communities outside Athens, and he sees utter desolation everywhere. He is given a book about dreams and begins to study the science behind them. Eventually, the things he dreams begin to happen.

Anthony Karakai has written a first person account of what it would be like to be the only person able to dream. This story revolves around Nikos’s search for answers about his dreams, about his life, about his role in the revolution to end the despair in Athens. I have rated this book at 14+ simply because the philosophical discussions and the allegorical language might be difficult for younger readers. This is a powerful book about what it means to have hope. It also shows dramatically the impact that one single person can have, if that person is willing to teach and share. Corruption and suppression can be brought down if people just have the ability to share their dreams for a better tomorrow.

I recommend this book to any who wonders what the world might be like in the future. Bombs and guns are no match for the dreams of the many, and those dreams start with one or two individuals. Each of us can make a difference.

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