Piia Leino: Apogee

A visionary’s chillingly timely sci-fi crime novel takes place in a world altered by ecological catastrophe and technology.

Author: Piia Leino
Finnish original: Lakipiste
Publisher: S&S, 2021
Genre: sci-fi thriller
Number of pages:  239 pp.
Reading material: Finnish original, English sample, English synopsis

It’s 2045. Earth’s march toward ecological catastrophe has continued, and the environmental movement is radicalizing. A community of eco-activists has just committed mass suicide in Sweden. Neighboring Finland has yet to see such nihilism.

So when the owner of a chain of clothing stores dies in a freak smart-device accident, the police do not initially suspect a crime. But suspicions form elsewhere. Journalist Aaro Kangas of the international media conglomerate Google is assigned to look into the potential radicalization of an ecological community at Tammilaakso and unwittingly ends up at the heart of an ambitious plan for annihilation. The investigation quickly turns incredibly personal–and incredibly dangerous. The sci-fi crime novel Zenith is set in an era when ecological catastrophe and new technology have reworked reality into an unrecognizable state. Where is humankind’s place in a world where machines do almost everything more effectively? Should we be afraid? If so, of what?

“[…] like Philip K. Dick, Piia Leino has a gift for incredibly fluid narration. The topics of Overtime may be weighty, but the storytelling is light. One doesn’t come across such a combination every day.”
– Keskisuomalainen newspaper on Overtime

Also available:
Overtime (2020)
Heaven (2018)
The Ugly Cashier (2016)

About the author:
Piia Leino