Many thanks to the publishers, Masobe Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
‘Aviara’ is the sequel to the author’s debut novel titled ‘Odufa‘ which I read in 2019 (You can check out my review of ‘Odufa’ in ‘Book Reviews’). It is worthy of note that you do not necessarily need to read the first book in this series to read this one. Both books work well as standalone novels and you will not lose much if you read this one before the other.
The story follows Anthony Mukoro who has been diagnosed with renal disease and has returned to his hometown Aviara from the city to break the news of his health condition to his aging parents who are devastated. Anthony now embarks on a journey to save his life and this leads him on a path of self discovery and eventually healing. This is a story of love, faith and second chances.
This book was a page turner. Well written, great story line and brilliant ending. The characters were so believable that you almost felt like you knew them. I loved Anthony’s character and through his experiences, I learnt a lot more about renal disease and the failed state of the health care system in our country. The author delved into some magical realism towards the end of the book which was new to me but yet enjoyable. It was a great read and I would look out for more books by the author in the future.
I highly recommend this book in a heart beat to everyone.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Published: August 26th 2020 by Masobe Books
Born and raised in Southern Nigeria, Othuke is a writer, poet and dramatist. A graduate of Computer Science from the University of Benin, Nigeria, he writes, dredging from experiences and influences from the land of his birth.
To his name is Odufa, a play that got him shortlisted for the Wole Soyinka prize for Literature. Odufa: A Lover’s Tale, his first novel, also got shortlisted for the Association of Nigerian Author’s Prize for Prose Fiction and the Grand Prix of Literary Associations in Cameroun. He is the author of the acclaimed novel, A Conspiracy of Ravens. Aviara: Who Will Remember You is his third and latest novel.
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