I really enjoyed this book. It’s not your fast-paced hold onto your seat style book, rather it’s an depth look at the pharmaceutical industry, particularly in terms of how research is funded, bundled up into a very readable fictional story that is clearly well-grounded in fact. It’s fiction that is also educational, and it wins on both counts. The issues that arise for the African people through the harvesting of African plants is well illuminated by this story, and the power of the native culture is also honored in a rousing and inspiring ending.
The book could be improved with more ‘showing’ and less ‘telling’, but given that, the writing is a good example of a well-executed telling style.
Highly recommended, especially to anyone interested in Africa and the process of turning plants into medicine.