There's only one thing that pretty, popular TV reporter Nadia Velasquez is missing: her memory from before the explosion that killed everyone else in the room, including the President of Nigeria. But from the moment she meets FBI agent Jon Daniels, all hell breaks loose. Friends turn into deadly enemies overnight, and she has no idea who she can trust anymore.
Becoming Nadia, due to be published April 1 by MuseItUp Publishing, is a sci-fi thriller with style to spare. The heady themes of personhood, identity, and memory never turn into mere talking points; instead, they seamlessly blend with the plot.
The sci-fi elements are presented clearly and in an interesting manner. This isn’t a space opera, with people teleporting and doing battle in the skies. I found the science to be light, but realistic and integral to the story. While I won’t reveal Nadia’s secret, the reveal features a masterful blend of drama and information.
However, the characters are the true anchor of this novel. While Becoming Nadia features an ensemble cast of FBI mooks, reluctant heroes, and numerous shadowy villains, the characterization is never muddy. The characters are so strongly written that you can often tell them apart by their dialogue.
Once you read the first chapter, be ready to devote a few more hours to finishing the book! The plot is expertly constructed and you’ll have a tough time finding that proverbial “good stopping place”.
You won’t want to leave Nadia, Jon, and the rest of the crew when you reach the last page. The good news is that you won’t have to miss them for long, because this is the first book in a series. The second book, Unalive, is due for publication this August.
If you like your sci-fi thoughtful as well as thrilling, get a copy of Becoming Nadia today. Nadia may be missing her memory, but this is one story you will never forget!
(Full disclosure, and all that legal stuff: Cyrus Keith is a friend of mine, and I work as an editor at MuseItUp Publishing.)