Publication date: Jun 2020
Amira Valdez is a brilliant neuroscientist trying to put her past on areligious compound behind her. But when she’s assigned to acontroversial cloning project, her dreams of working in space are placed in jeopardy. Using her talents as areader of memories, Amira uncovers aconspiracy to stop the creation of the first human clone – atall costs. As she unravels the mystery, Amira navigates a dangerous world populated byanti-cloning militants, scientists with hidden agendas,and a mysterious New Age movement. In the process, Amira uncovers an even darker secret, one that forces her to confront her own past.
The Sentient is Nadia Afifi’s debut novel and it packs quite a punch. Space, conspiracies, cults…lots of craziness to follow. And it doesn’t get confusing. Nadia Afifi does a really great job keeping all of these elements on track with excellent pacing and writing. I was hooked.
Amira, a neuroscientist, is a really well written MC. I am impressed. She acted the way I would expect her to act, but she was very relatable as well. I enjoyed her memory reading ability and found that element of the story to be intriguing.
There is a lot going on. It can be a little overwhelming, but like I said, the author does a great job at keeping everything on track as to not confuse the reader.
I liked this one. Give it a shot.
*I received a free copy of this book from Random Things Tours in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Nadia Afifi is an Arab American science fiction author who lives in Denver, Colorado. Although born in the United States, she grew up in Saudi Arabiaand Bahrain before returning to Missouri forcollege. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, but having two scientists as parents also instilled alove of speculative
fiction. Her experiences in the Middle Eastand her multicultural upbringing have driven the stories she wants to tell, by exploring present-day issues such as women’s rights, religion and cultural identities through afuturistic lens. Her father is a Saudi geologist of Palestinian descent, while her mother
is an American geologist from St.Louis, Missouri.
She attained a Bachelor’s in Journalism, followed byan MBA, from the University of Missouri and currently works for the Department of Veterans Affairs by supporting new projects to improve the agency’s healthcare
systems. While working for the VA, she began her first novel, The Sentient. She has also written several short stories, including “Exhibit K”, which recently featured in Abyss and Apex magazine.
Nadiais represented by Naomi Davis at Bookends Literary Agency. When she isn’t writing or working, she spends her time hiking in Colorado, thinking about her next story on the treadmill or planning her next overseas vacation.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
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