Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Georgette McClain can’t resist a juicy tip. So when a rumored crazy ex-CEO gifts her evidence of a vast conspiracy involving the world’s premier scientific community, Arcadian Heights, she sets her sights on the story of a lifetime. And all she has to do to grab it by the reins is sneak into the most secure facility in the world—and expose it for the slaughter house it is.
Tech company CEO Marco Salt has it all. Fame. Fortune. Family. But not long after Marco’s beloved genius daughter is invited to join Arcadian Heights, a rogue agent reveals to him the horrifying truth about the revered scientific community. Forced to flee for his life, Marco finds himself on the run with a deadly secret in his grasp and a single goal in mind: destroy Arcadian Heights.
Quentin Belmont has been the Arcadian Heights spokesman for the better part of two decades, and his singular motivation is to keep the community safe at all costs. So when an internal incursion leaks vital information to an outside party, Quentin preps a “cleanup” without a second thought. But what at first appears to be a simple task turns out to be anything but, and Quentin comes face to face with the unthinkable—a threat that could annihilate the community once and for all. – Goodreads.com
First, I have to mention the absolutely stunning cover design by Clarissa Yeo. This dark, futuristic image really set the tone for the story. If I were browsing in a book store, this would immediately catch my interest.
On the author’s website, she describes her writing as “50% dark, 50% snark” and the character of Georgette certainly embodies this. “I kind of hope these bastards live. They’d make good Friday night game buddies.” Anytime the story was from Georgette’s POV, I knew I could expect flippant comments like this, making her character very amusing at times.
I liked that the author incorporated both futuristic and familiar elements into the world-building, something that made it more relatable to me as a reader. Although written from three POVs, I didn’t find that confusing. The shifting time frames threw me a little at first, but after a few chapters, I had no problem.
Wonderful character development, fast-paced, especially the last third, and well-written, this book would appeal to sci-fi and thriller lovers. Dealing with revenge, ambition, power struggles, artificial intelligence and the end of the world, Othella is the first book of what looks to be a riveting series.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.