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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Pharoni is a work of fiction in the dystopian and science fiction subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Colin Dodds. In this original and thrilling adventure into the strange nature of humanity, a group of friends’ lives is cast off in strange new directions when their deceased buddy Harry Injurides comes back from the dead. As one character accidentally starts a new religion, another builds an empire in the world of digital empathy, and the others find their own beliefs about life, death, and everything in between deeply shaken. What results is an initially character-led exploration of the borderline where humanity and the world of technology blur into one.
This was a supremely intelligent work of explorative and experimental fiction that deserves a place amongst the best of indie sci-fi that I’ve read this year. Inventive from the beginning, the concepts that author Colin Dodds brings forward are fresh, original ways to explore the subject matter, and what begins as a character-driven work with literary-quality psychology and emotion also develops a strong thriller plot as it moves along. It ends with the high impact of a mainstream dystopian masterpiece. I adored the conceptual struggles and techno-religious overtones that caused a great deal of consternation, but it was the author’s attention to detail in the emotive discussions, where one’s faith is shaken and their world is rapidly changing, that hit me most. Overall, I would highly recommend Pharoni to fans of intricately woven and well-considered science fiction, and Colin Dodds in general for readers seeking an accomplished author to cherish.