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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Enaro by Neda Aria is a great achievement for a debut novel and a riveting entry in the genre of science fiction. Set in 2022, in a society that "has been shaped when ownership lost its meaning and consumerism failed humanity," the reader is plunged into a world where religion defined identity, not financial institutions. But the beauty of this society has lost its meaning for one man — Kes. A virus outbreak attacks women — born and unborn — and a powerful entrepreneur comes up with something new but with unthinkable pitfalls. Survivors of the virus will need to undergo an inoculation to be admitted into five NERO buildings around the world. But is everyone made for this kind of opportunity? One person is out to uncover the whole truth. Can Kes rise up against evil when it threatens to destroy an entire people?
I loved the voice of this author right off the bat and her power to describe scenes and bring to life the world within which the narrative takes place. We encounter Kes, a character that readers will quickly get to like at the opening of the story: "His face was reflecting in the metal. His wet eyes carried a weight of sadness. The metal reflected a golden light on his white stubble. Numb and wan of thoughts, he was incapable of any facial reactions." Neda Aria creates a story with powerful conflicts and an underdog for a protagonist. The writing is fluid, punctuated by interesting dialogues, and focused scenes. While the setting is in the future, the story is permeated by a strong sense of realism, thanks to the author's gift for exploring human emotion in her craft. This is a story that will find a good home with fans of science fiction.