MIRO scores in the BookLife Prize For Fiction
Entering into competition is one of the rites of passage of every debut author. For my novel, MIRO, the BookLife Prize For Fiction (an offshoot of Publishers Weekly) was the second trial by fire following a review by a distinguished reader. Either I could squirrel myself away and make believe that I had no interest in comparisons, or I could allow my labour of nine long years to be judged among my indie peers. To say I breathed a sigh of relief over the initial critique is an understatement. MIRO BookLife Prize for Fiction Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10 Originality: 10 out of 10 Prose: 9 out of 10 Character/Execution: 9 out of 10 Overall: 9.50 out of 10 Assessment: In Nasr's memorable novel, Miro has been locked away since he was a boy. He and his cellmates are forced to endure horrible conditions, until they make the most of their one chance at escape. Readers will be engrossed by this novel from the very beginning. The setting is beautifully described and Miro is a sympathetic character with whom readers will empathize. With intense pacing throughout, excellent character development, and distinct and realistic dialogue, Nasr's novel is one readers will want to finish in one sitting.