A reflective anthology of poetry (and a dialogue-only short story) carefully compiled and ordered to explore overlapping themes of self-reflection, societal ills, nostalgia, longing, contemplation, rage, abuse, and hope.
When Julian is drawn out of his self-imposed exile of three years by his best friend Kamel, he is persuaded by tragic news from home to leave his comfortable life in London and return to his home country of Madyan, where he is forced to confront the darkest parts of his past - all while attempting to rebuild his old friendships, shattered by the manner of his desertion of home.
Upon awakening, stranded on the moon and with no memory of how he got there, Qabil struggles to come to terms with his broken relationship with his brother whilst crossing the lunar terrain in search of salvation and forgiveness.
By far the most impressive of N. Jaber's uploaded work. The creativity and imagination that runs through this story is truly inspiring. Readers will appreciate how easily she stirs their empathy and conveys the emotions of her characters.
'Dying in Azairia' is by far N. Jaber's most developed piece of writing. It is an unusual blend of suspense, erotica, mystery and even horror, that is intriguing and effective.
The story begins and ends strongly, and the plot progression is seamless and well developed. These strengths coupled with the story's vivid imagery, made me feel as though I was accompanying Ana down her disturbing journey through Azairia.
I would like to add (in response to a reviewer before me) that I personally found the story to have a very clear ending. Without giving anything away, the key issues laid out for the reader at the beginning of the story are all addressed and resolved by its end, and while the ending might not be particularly climactic, it provides strong closure and leaves no loose ends unaddressed.
In conclusion, 'Dying in Azairia' is an effective and imaginative short story that touches on several genres and holds the interest of the reader. It shows strong progression in N. Jaber's writing, and is in my opinion, her best story so far. I look forward to reading more.