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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In Centricity (Centricity Cycle: Book 1) by Nathaniel Henderson, a covert operation to retrieve a bio-weapon fails, leading to the deaths of several individuals including a little girl. The incident rattles powerful agencies as it could bring down a self-sustaining city on a damaged Earth. Adasha Denali is one of the Interagency Coordination Management Group (ICMG) coordinators, well-known mediators of governmental disputes. Her mentor's death leaves a conflicting legacy of a man she thought she knew and she vows to find the truth. Meanwhile, a debt-ridden hacker inherits a piece of advanced tech after the death of a priest, unaware that several groups want to get their hands on it at any cost.
Set in the far future of the city-sphere of Naion, the world has evolved into complex arcologies after a number of catastrophic events. The story premise and concept give the plot more than enough depth for an imaginative story and character development. The world-building is as immersive as it can be in terms of technology enabling people to enjoy their entertainment, run their businesses and government, and find new ways to live and eat: who can resist vitamin-infused potato crisps? However, human flaws don't change and greed still rules. The protagonists Adasha, Nik, Voros, and Rown have equal chapters dedicated to their personal story arcs which are linked from the start until their paths cross. Mediator Adasha Denali is the one who stands out the most for me. Her tenacity in chasing the truth about her mentor's death is admirable, not to mention her interesting family dynamics: her parents’ marriage contract, her mother's opportunist mentality, and her sister’s fiery commitment to her political career. Simply put, the elements of what makes a great sci-fi tale are all in Nathaniel Henderson's Centricity.