Books–stories themselves–come in so many shades and textures and ways.
Some books are lush, gorgeous, enriching.
Some are dense but necessary.
Some, like The Enclave by Karen Hancock, are just plain riveting.
It took me all of about two chapters to be sucked thoroughly into The Enclave, guessing at its mysteries, marveling at its setting, caring about its characters, strongly relating to the absent-minded Christian-out-of-water hero, and really not wanting to put it down.
There are probably several reasons for this. One is the setting — The Enclave takes place at a state-of-the-art scientific institution, a think-tank for brilliant scientists at the edge of all science can do. Before it was clear that I was going to be a writer, I loved the idea of becoming a scientist, so The Enclave sucked me in on that level. The one-punch-after-another, sock-‘em-good-and-keep-‘em-guessing plot and pacing helped too. But most of all, The Enclave pulled me in because I cared about its characters, especially Cameron Reinhardt, a brilliant Christian scientist whose faith is mocked and belittled by his collegues but who stays faithful anyway, who hides a secret past and is so convincingly absent-minded that I think Karen Hancock knows what it’s like to get up in the morning and put your shirt on inside-out.
Without characters who are so relatably human, The Enclave would still be exciting and fascinating, but it somehow wouldn’t matter so much.
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