Code Name Verity

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code name Verity is a intricate lie woven by the fabric of the truest of friendships. Elizabeth Wein illustrates in a very engaging manner the war effort in France during World War 2 and the Resistance movement takes flight in the most unlikeliest of manners.

This is a personal tale. It is not a tale of grand heroics or honourable officers. It is a book with a dreary grey  cover in which words of hopeful abundance of love have been scratched out by a parched mind. It is a fulfilling epiphany to say the least. The darkest of human connections, and the brightest of human emotions are invariably simultaneous throughout the narration; indeed a rare sight. The book will not keep  you up at night, it’ll ride with you to the break of dawn. The coral hue of bittersweet day will break your heart, but the boon is a sigh of relief. It is very difficult to put into words the profound reasoning and the flash of connection that this book demonstrates, for it is as if the sky were upside down. Like you were in a faulty plane creaking and whirring, about to crash.

There is hardly anything to fault in the book, except perhaps it’s lack of solid length. Being divided in two parts, the book is a very interesting read but the second part feels worn out, tattered as if due to all that the characters have gone through. The answer comes in the form of another book, ‘Rose under fire’ which proceeds with a main character of this book present in it’s pages. Perhaps for less voracious readers, or those who aren’t particularly fond of machines and wars, the references to planes would be distracting, going so far as to make them turn to a simpler story. Despite the plane references, or sometimes because of them, this novel is sublime salt on the sea bed. Raw, pure, dense and sure to leave you with a salty taste. It will hit you in an unpredictable way, the quotes will stick in your mind for long, the sentiment will take root in your heart.

Ink and paper. The value of writing. The worth of simple joys and the harsh deprivation of things we take for granted are the most fascinating features of the novel. When you read ‘things that you need’, you would not think of writing first. This book will prove that it is not simply an art, it is a means to live. It is a reason to hope, a cherished gift to behold. And in the end, this book a memoir, will continue to live on in your memory.

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I haven’t posted in while now, I was away due to exams but the blog is not dead. I will be posting regularly. You can also suggest books you want me to review in the comments section and I’ll give my it best. If you would like to know more about a character in particular, I do character sketches as well.

Constructive criticism is welcome and any suggestions on improvement will be duly noted. I purposefully endeavour to include various genres as a variety of types to choose from simply widens the horizon of an ardent reader. I hope this blog promotes readers to explore more, as I also try and include titles that might not be known as commonly.

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Einstein’s dreams

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Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman

A novel that alters the reality in your mind, a sensational phenomena of time-space relativity. Written as diary entries that Einstein wrote during his contemplative research on time-space relativity theory, this book borders on fantastical narration. However, the style of writing makes it clear that it is not based on a mere whim but rather on solid reasoning. Each entry makes the reader wonder about the paranormal, but thoughts do not stray to far away galaxies either.

This combination of deep philosophical intrigues and simple day to day happenings strikes the mind as a minor chord strikes in a lament. Some concepts have indeed crossed the reader’s mind previously but some stoke the imagination to the extent of obsession. This is one of those book you will stay up late to finish, and it leaves such an impact that it will keep you up for the rest of the night. Every chapter seems to be a complex web of ideas and emotions rolled up into a world in alternate reality. A particularly intricate and delicate narration might cause you to keep the book aside for a couple of minutes simply to think over the concept which is so utterly simple that it should’ve occurred to a thinker at least.

Attempting not to give spoilers for this book is a hard task as it truly stays close to the heart, Einstein’s daily habits and all. It’s descriptions are powerful and breath taking, straightforward yet woven into fragile patterns that lends the book it’s creative overlay. The book is not about the time-space relativity itself, it ventures more into the potential effects if the theory were in fact, a reality. The reason why it focuses on the dreams that Einstein has during this period of absolute insanity in understanding the theory is that dreams are a reflection of our subconscious and Einstein’s brain has already accepted the end result of the theory without any proof. This goes to show that according to the author, innovators are dreamers first, logicians later. And idea must take birth in the mind and only if it is provoked, questioned and implemented using material methods, will it ever become more than a simple dream. In around 20 pages one is deeply bound to the universe being presented; the pages themselves disappear as you imagine the words in virtual reality. This, in my perspective is one of the strongest points of the quality of this book. Books that we see are far better than the ones we simply read.

Apart from this, there are various other good qualities such as the fact that according to personal taste, the reaction to each scenario in the book will change drastically. Such a personal connection is not easy for an writer to achieve in this particular style of narration. The one downside to the book is that it’s rather short and not each entry will seem to be complete which can be slightly irritating if you’re particularly intrigued by that concept. Besso, a very close friend of Einstein also deserves a better character development and a more central position in real time situations. As there are vague references to Einstein’s wife, one is also left wondering about her role in his life and if it affected in any way his work. Although this is not the motive of the author, a better character sketch on her may have given the reader a very unpredictable viewpoint on Einstein and his thoughts.

As a fictional written record of Einstein’s dreams, this book is a work of art. In it’s versatility of genre, it is a good read for science geeks, language nerds and fantasy lovers as well as deep thinkers and philosophical theorists.

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Under the Never Sky

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Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Set in a futuristic dystopian era, the skeleton of the story, mirroring the Divergent and Hunger Games like life struggle still manages to produces a very different effect by the trail of consequences that aren’t cited explicitly in the book itself.

The characters are strong enough to capture attention, and although the beginning itself is a bit mediocre in the overall sense, the idea of a virtual universe, with vivid imagery will keep your eyes glued to those words. Pushing the boundaries of science fiction, life in Reverie (a pod where Aria, the protagonist, lives), runs as smoothly and effortlessly as the new and interesting element of Aether does in the skies above. Post a massive nuclear blast that has forced all earthlings to regroup into encased high-tech driven glass pods, or perish in unfavorable conditions of Aether storms, which are at once beautiful and deadly, this thriller takes the reader into another dimension. Looking closely, however, the story has been kept rather superficial, simmering down to not much more than an adventure-thriller love story. The gallant efforts and noble missions to save the good and do the right thing with all the clichéd obstacles thrown in do exist, but the fact that the Aria falls for Perry, Blood Lord (basically, leader) of the Tides clan is the main focus. As always, race comes into question, him being an Outsider, having adapted to Aether and the harsh atmosphere by developing night vision and a keen sense of smell, and her being a Dweller, having grown up in the virtual reality and thrown out by a high official due to a misunderstood crime. She does become a survivor later on due to her resilience, which is admirable.

The most alluring aspect of the situations however, are how familiar they are to readers, yet how striking they are. Unfortunately, such unique abilities have not been explored which may leave you disappointed. Another explanation that should have been provided was the intricate system that brought into existence these clans or the pods in the first place. The past is integral to understanding the present of such out-of-the-box stories and here it has been more or less omitted. Another thing most likely to shake your nerves is the manner in which the story has been presented, which at times becomes self-contradictory.

The faults aren’t apparent in most cases but to avid readers, they’ll remain highlighted, making it harder to look at the positive perspectives in the novel. The typical teen love story might be boring to some, but as mentioned before, the characters themselves provide twists to the circumstances. An entire part is of course dedicated to this fledging couple and is swoon worthy for those who believe in that kind of love. Cynics will have a hard time pinning down this give-all-in love but at the same time it isn’t stereotypical prince charming, kisses and roses stuff, so it would be best to rest easy and let the story flow.

Frankly, it is not a story I would recommend to those of intellectual likes. There is not much to ponder which other sci-fi resources or books haven’t stressed upon already, except an occasional word of advice from Marron, the wise man. For those looking for a light, stress-free read, however, I certainly do urge you read this book. It would definitely serve as a great medium for those wanting to escape into such other-worldly realms of imagination, as also for those that love young adult books generally, for this one fits right in.

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Black Ice

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The prologue itself anchors you to this book, bone-chilling retelling of a murder that it is. Furthermore, it makes you question how the events will turn as a murder so early in a book clearly indicates a link to be found somewhere later.

The first chapter beginning a year later surprises the reader with its first line: “If I died, it wouldn’t be from hypothermia.” And then a very normal situation of a teenage girl and her best friend who have decided to hiking presents itself, bewildering you as you wait for the shoe to drop. The protagonist happens to meet the love of her life and ex-boyfriend, Calvin, at a gas station and to save face with an absurd claim, devises a situation with a random guy, who quite happily plays the role of her current boyfriend. Britt grows a bit suspicious of this new guy, Mason but her anger and frustration towards Calvin eclipses all as she ransacks his precious Ford, stealing a valuable map and a few other trinkets.

The story starts rolling downhill, as while trudging uphill in a snow storm, away from the car abandoned in a dubious condition, these two girls, Britt and Korbie, end up knocking the door of trouble. Trouble, for who else but Mason, and his seemingly close buddy Shaun would receive them warmly only to deceive them. Survival being an urgent criterion here, the story quickly evolves from being a mountainside adventure into a dangerous game of criminals leaving trails, and trying to evade being caught. Fugitives on the move, a damsel in distress holed up in an almost unreachable cabin and a determined teenager who refuses to give up pretty much sums up this part of the story, except one of those fugitives happens to get lost with that determined young girl out in the forest. The reader gets absorbed in an epiphany. Those notions are written in a way that the reader too is confused about who Mason could be.

The big reveal is saved for the end, and a series of shocking incidences trigger emotion within the reader as they’re all seen through Britt’s eyes, who is obviously not just integral to the occurrences that imbibe themselves in the reader’s mind, but also caught in the chaos of emotions. This is not quite the end as the cadence of these disheveled notes is a beautiful sunny afternoon, a year later where Britt finally meets the love of her life and as usual, life goes on.

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This blog’s main focus is book reviews. Any book that strikes a chord in the reader’s heart stays in the reader’s mind for long. Such books are rare and hence precious. My aim is to bring forth the concepts in a story that aren’t evident. I will also be writing about various genres so as to give a wide range of options to readers.

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The Man in the Trench coat

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A gripping thriller, The Man in the Trench Coat is an intricately designed web of mystery that keeps you reading well into the night. The characters are well portrayed, making one wonder what made them who they are.

ACP Shekhar and ACP Raut although polar opposites in some situations, are equally appealing to the reader due to their radically different perspective of looking at circumstances. Their role in the investigations astounds you as far as striking personalities are concerned. The suspects in the story, The Man in the Trench Coat and Control, are by far, the most bewildering villains you can except to encounter. While the vigilante stunts or rather, expert assassinations carried out by The Man in the Trench Coat are clearly against the law, you start questioning the integrity of law itself. And while Control is obviously an accomplice in this agenda, why so? What connection is it between the four of them that turns this book into a page turner?

While the thoughts embedded in the minds of characters are not transparent, the plot bends your loyalties to a particular character and then twists the paths to the final showdown, where all the thoughts residing in your subconscious start making sense. The plot has a lot of underlying disparities yet by the time they are resolved, one is so deeply engrossed that the depth of each character is evident. The flow of the story line is centered around various things that are equally integral to the unfolding events. In addition to that, the terms and endearments used in the book are explained in layman terms in a glossary at the end as well. All in all, The Man in the Trench Coat is a must read for all.

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