A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
We first find Miles making his way in the pitch-dark desperately trying to find an exit out of the Cryocombs, tunnels which wind their way for hundreds of kilometers beneath the city on the planet Kibou-daini. These tunnels are filled with millions of frozen corpses, all awaiting their eventual return to life. A typical start for a book about a hero larger than life with super survival skills and the ability to take more punishment than 10 men. But Miles is a cripple with a genetically weakened body and not the kind of physical hero you might expect. Cryoburn is Bujold’s thirteenth (approximately) book in the Miles Vorkosigan Saga. Mile has risen to the rank of intergalactic diplomat and Imperial Lord Auditor (which means he does the important dirty jobs for his King). The book is filled with humor; Miles never accomplishes anything in a straightforward manner, and you get the feeling he is laughing at himself.
Miles is investigating the effects this huge number of frozen corpses is having on the planet. Since they will be revived, these corpses form a voting bloc whose votes are cast by the living. The social, political, and economic problems of this planet all revolve around the power of the dead and the corporations that store them. As these corporations try to move off planet, Barrayar, Miles’ home planet, becomes concerned and sends Miles undercover. The adventure and humor move onward from there.
I have enjoyed all the books in this series. While one can start with any book in the series, including this one, I would recommend going back to the first Shards of Honor* and reading them sequentially to get the full effect. – Review by Gary
*We have just ordered a copy for the collection.