NEW REVIEW: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Synopsis:
Dr Oralia is the Head Scientist in her department specialising in DNA, Viruses and Vaccines at the top company, Infinite Illume. In a bizarre incident, she's struck by lightning and slips into a coma. When she awakens to find she has abilities. she finds herself changing and her world becoming a shamble, she realises her boyfriend has been harbouring a crippling secret. With her torturous past creeping back into her present, she's provoked by her darkness into playing a simple game of Judge, Jury and Executioner.
Dr Oralia is a strong independent Black women from London who has done extremely well for herself. She is what many women aspire to be: well educated, sucessful career that pays well, and in a long lasting relationship.
After a tragic accident, Dr Oralia wakes up from her coma with supernatural abilities. Strange and unexpected encounters from people in her life at the time, and people from her past, facilitates the evolutionary perspective of her new (or maybe not so new) reality. We soon learn that beneath her perfect facade, is an empty space left hollow by her troubled past.
For the main character Dr Orelia, this a journey of self-discovery and self-healing, while for the reader a journey of learning and understanding. The author Chiemeka Nicely does a great job at pealing back the layers of past and revelation.
My favourite thing about this book is the amalgamation of different themes alongside the sci-fi elements including relationship struggles, abandonment, discrimination and sexism.
There was something very comforting about this book. The main character Dr Orelia is provoked by her dark past, and is forced to face it. I find this element extremely relatable, for we all have a past, and more often than not it is our past what shapes us for the future.
For a book that focuses on a topic I assumed was out of my confort zone, I was afraid I might have to sit with a dictionary looking up scientific terms, but that certainly wasn't the case. The author manages to skillfully incorporate complex scientifical topic in a way that's easy for any reader to interpret.
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