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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Into the Violet Gardens is a work of science fiction and cyber-thriller writing by Isaac Nasri. The work is suited to a mature adult audience due to the inclusion of graphic violence, explicit language, and sexual references. A pair of diverse protagonists lead the way in this intriguing political cyberpunk tale. We first meet the FBI’s Troy Levi as he contends with a vicious cartel casting a long shadow over Latin America in the near future. Levi’s disruption causes a rift in society against cyborgs, at which point former cyborg ally and CIA operative Soriana Salazar finds herself caught in many different levels of conflict. As a new uprising looms, both our heroes will have to make peace with some very difficult decisions ahead.
One of the things I admired most about Isaac Nasri’s plot construction in this novel was how the political intrigue and the fear of uprising were just as thrilling and terrifying as the classic science fiction moments featuring cyborgs, cartels, and organized crime. Troy and Soriana present two sides of the coin, two halves of a debate and two realistically penned lenses through which the story can unfold. Readers can make up their own minds in the grey area between their actions and feelings, creating a thought-provoking plot that deepens with every chapter. The dialogue, too, was highly engrossing, weaving in elements of the worldbuilding to create a new language where the cyberpunk elements were commonplace but also keeping the Latin roots of the work prominent. Overall, I would highly recommend Into the Violet Gardens for science fiction fans seeking greater depth, immersion, and reality in their thriller reads.