Authors- Pulkit Gupta, Srivatsan Sridharan, Tnahsin Garg
Publisher- Good Times Books Pvt Ltd
Price- Rs 250/-
This book review is a part of the book review program by The Reader’s Cosmos
Now this is what I call a true work of labour and skill. It is intriguing how three authors have collaborated for this work of fiction and yet, the spirit of the book remains intact and more importantly, the language is not bumpy or uneven but very uniform. The books that I had previously reviewed recently did paint a worrisome picture of the Indian fiction scenario but this book works as a redemption and a saviour in this era of sacrificing the beauty of language for the sake of commercial viability. For that reason, I’d like to thank Nimi Vashi of Reader’s Cosmos for this wonderful opportunity. The book begins with a Tolkien-esque map of a jungle and although there is Tolkien’s imprint all over the book, it is natural to be inspired by good fiction writers. Trouble arises when one starts taking inspiration from bad fiction.
The authors are college friends with engineering background and are now excelling in their fields, I guess it is the chemistry which works best in the book’s favour as the theme seems to be well chalked out and meticulously planned. I personally liked the names of the chapters best which had creativity stamped all over them and there was no attempt to sound archaic or classical. Incidentally, the story is also about three men- a scientist, a hacker and an artist who have their tryst with the puzzling ancient prophecy with an angle of science fiction, aliens etc thrown in. The mystery created by the back cover and the Introduction part is good enough for the reader’s brain to start salivating in hunger for good, thrilling fiction and that is what he’s served.
It is refreshing to note that the language is much better than what I’ve reviewed thus far and yet it is not too flowery to escape the reader’s attention. I’d still not call it a literary novel but it at least matches up to the expectations of an intelligent casual reader. I’d really prefer if the three of them come out with more and more novels because there is a dire need in India to revive the love for language. The Chetan Bhagat generation needs an awakening.
The plot is well thought out and the tale is gripping which keeps one at the edge of his seat or wherever he is sitting or lying whilst reading the novel and it would be loved by geeky, fiction/ fantasy fans.
The pages are crisp and the quality of editing and publication is up to the mark, The publishers should also take a bar and I predict “good times” for them soon too.
I recommend this book to young adults.
Rating- **** (Four out of Five)
What’s more? It has a trailer too. Enjoy-