Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Enclave by Karen Hancock

Rating: 4 stars
While browsing through the book section of a discount store, The Enclave caught my eye. The front cover and the synopsis suggested that this novel would be a suspenseful read, with a touch of science fiction.  As an avid reader of historical fiction, I was not convinced that I would enjoy this novel.  But…unable to resist a bargain, I decided to give it a try; and I am glad that I did!

Karen Hancock delivers an imaginative and mysterious story that delves into the world of genetic science.  When Lacey McHenry begins working at the Kendall-Jakes Longevity Institute, she is unaware that she will face unfathomable dangers to her life by a mysterious intruder and the scientists who she esteems.  Cameron Reinhardt is an absent-minded scientist who is ridiculed for his Christian beliefs.  As he uncovers the Institute’s secrets, Cameron is forced to face painful and terrifying secrets from his past.

Meanwhile, life exists in an underground community, The Enclave.  Protected by an intimidating group of “Enforcers,” the Enclave’s inhabitants are virtual prisoners in a secret world, held captive by the lies generated by a mysterious leader.  Will the inhabitants who seek the truth find their way above ground and into the light?

A few of the science fiction elements and the imagery of genetic mutations were a bit unsettling for me, but the story was exciting, and well-written with well-developed characters.  The mystery surrounding the Longevity Institute and the Enclave kept me engrossed, and the conclusion was action-packed and satisfying. Although this is not a book that will read again, I highly recommend it to other readers, especially those who enjoy suspense and science fiction.   ~M

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