Book title: Aroma Karsa
Author : Dewi "Dee" Lestari Publisher : Mizan Media Utama
Year of publication: March 2018
Number of pages: 686 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
From an ancient lontar, Raras Prayagung learns that the Puspa Karsa, which she knows as a fairy tale, is actually a real plant hidden in a secret place. Raras's obsession with hunting down Puspa Karsa, a magical flower that is said to be able to control her wish and can only be identified by scent, brings him together with Jati Wesi.
Jati has an extraordinary sense of smell. At the Bantar Gebang TPST, where he grew up, he was nicknamed the Nose of the Rat. Of the various jobs he has done to survive, the one that Jati is most proud of is blending perfume.
Jati's ability attracts Raras. Not only does he hire Jati in his company, Raras also invites Jati into his personal life. Jati meets Tanaya Suma, Raras' only child, who has the same abilities as her.
The further Jati becomes involved with the Prayagung family and Puspa Karsa, the more mysteries he discovers about himself and the past that he never knew. (BLURB)
Dewi "Dee" Lestari or widely known as Dee, is not new to the world of literature. Her work is always sensational, making Dee better known as the author of the six Supernova book series than the vocalist of the trio Rida Sita Dewi (RSD). Dee has started her writing career since 1993 by diligently submitting her work for competitions in youth magazines. Aroma Karsa is the work of Dee who was released in 2018. To write Aroma Karsa, Dee had to take part in research on perfume which was held in Singapore. In his own YouTube channel, Dee also said that he specifically went to research to the Bantar Gebang Final Disposal Site, Bekasi. Bantargebang is an integrated waste disposal site with an area of more than one hundred hectares. Dee wanted to know what kind of smell she caught with her sense of smell in a trash can that holds more than 12,000 cubic feet per day. Dee wanted to know what kind of life there was, and what activities the residents were doing around the landfill.
Dee's research effort to Bantargebang was to bring the characters in Aroma Karsa to life who would later become the central figures.
As a fan of Dee's work, I've never been disappointed by his brilliance in crafting a good, lively narrative. The characters are strong and memorable for the readers. Likewise with Aroma Karsa.
This science fiction novel indirectly reminds us not to destroy the earth, especially the forests.
The depiction of the figure of Raras Prayagung as the owner of the Kemara cosmetics factory who is obsessed with having Puspa Karsa. A plant that lies deep in the middle of the black and can only be found with a special sense of smell.
Jati Wesi, the central character who grew up in a slum area where an integrated landfill has a keen sense of smell (Hyperosmia) becomes a chess piece to complete Raras' wish to have Puspa Ananta. Raras' daughter, Tanaya Suma, also joined Jati Wesi because Suma had the same condition since birth.
Not Dee if it doesn't present unimaginable places in his novel. From the slum Bantargebang, far away Gresse, to the dark forest of Mount Lawu. The most distinctive thing about Dee's writing is, he really likes the details in her narrative. The depiction of the setting of the place that Dee chooses makes the reader feel like he is joining the story.
Aroma karsa uses forward and backward plots. Readers will not be confused because Dee is very neat in placing each plot.
If the reader finds out about Mount Lawu and the tragedy of the disappearance of climbers, the reader will find lots of news that writes about the many climbers who have been missing for days in Lawu. Some of them survived, some died.
Dee creates a fictional village that reinforces all the reasons for the conflict in Aroma Karsa.
Dwarapala, mentioned as an invisible village. The village, which is located in the dark forest of Mount Lawu, can only be attended by humans through the Manis rejo / Cantigi fruit. A human who accidentally eats a small fruit in the path of Dwarapala, automatically moves to a foreign place, and in the human world, he is declared missing. The details that Dee describes about this village are amazing. Forest seols are very healthy and humans are not evil to the forest by exploiting its contents.
Greed always leads to death and regret. That's the big message Dee wanted to convey. Obsession will never stop as long as we don't want to stop it.
Reading Aroma Karsa is like taking a step further to learn about olfactory.
Thanks for reading!
Humans are easily influenced by the unseen (Dee, Aroma Karsa)
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