Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Enclave: CSFF Day 2

For more answers from Karen herself (like what I copied for you yesterday), visit her blog. But you may not want to go there if you haven't read the book. It contains minor spoilers as to part of the plot.

As promised, here is my review:

I was so enamored with this novel that I had to e-mail the author before I even finished it and tell her how excellent it was. Among other things, I told her how I’d be surprised if this didn’t turn out to be her best selling novel yet. I’m thankful that I found Arena all those years ago and turned into a Hancock fan.

Lacey McHenry, new research assistant at the Kendall-Jakes Longevity Institute, runs into trouble shortly after she’s hired. Not only have all the frogs in the tank escaped, but a strange man attacks her in the lab. When she tries to investigate, the powers that be cover up any evidence of the break-in and accident. What are they hiding?

Though geneticist Cameron Reinhardt is clumsy, aloof, and forgetful, Lacey feels he’s the only one she can trust to help her sort things out. They sort of team up and work together to find the truth and expose those who are up to some pretty nefarious deeds.

I rooted for the good guys, hated the bad guys, felt empathy and hate and frustration, and my heart beat faster quite frequently. Readers will experience a variety of emotions, keeping them safely encompassed in Hancock’s fictional world.

Speaking of the world, Hancock didn’t create a fantastical world for this book--it’s our own. However, the characters experiment, play God, encounter the occult, and discover some very disturbing and fantastical things/beings along the way.

I only wish I could say more about the plot and themes, but I would be giving too much away for those who haven’t succumbed to the curiosity they must be feeling about this novel. :)


  1. Anonymous4:39 PM

    Thanks for the very kind review, Karri. I love your enthusiasm!

  2. Karri, I'm with you. I often have a hard time telling readers what a book is about because I don't want to give too much away and spoil it. You've done a nice job. I'm so glad you liked it. I'm a Hancock fan too!