** I had received an ARC from the Publisher in exchange of an honest review. Thank You Pan Macmillan India**
The Haters are coming to destroy all life on Earth. It is not a question of if, but when.
The Brahmaand has already rung the warning bell and the awakening of the Preservers has begun. Kiara unexpectedly finds her skin covered with golden fur and her sense of smell extraordinarily enhanced; Saumya is suddenly able to go from Ahmedabad to New York in just a step; and Sia’s songs have the power to do things she had never imagined possible.
First in the thrilling Shakti Trilogy set in contemporary India, Ashok Banker’s action-packed and brilliantly imagined Awaken introduces our unlikely heroes who must discover and harness their superpowers before they can protect and preserve the Earth from the wrath of a menacing alien invasion.
The plot is interesting — India is lacking in superheroes and no superheroines, here we get not 1 but 3 superheroines.
There is a lot of reality in the fantasy, be it the description of Delhi, Gujrat, Nairobi or Nagaland. I’m glad the author chose the North East part of the country to place one of his central characters. Majority of us Indians fail to acknowledge the Seven Sister states to be a part our country, but they are. None of can imagine what turmoil they go through– while the rest of the country has got independence from the British and Nazi has been quashed from the world, but states like Nagaland are tortured by fellow Indians— this issue should be highlighted to the world and should be stopped. I’m happy that this issue has got some limelight through this book.
Characterisation is commendable, 3 ordinary young girls all of a sudden becoming not so ordinary and then they realise they exist for a purpose. There is a strong transgender character who is loved and cared for, really touched me. Transgenders are also humans, its just a genetic abnormality, none of the individual’s fault, they shouldn’t be shuned for the game genes have played.
I’m in awe with Saumya’s power of “Popping”. I wish I could Pop around the world.
Story build-up was brilliant, I was in anticipation of what is about to happen next.
I am a little sad that this book had to end when the real action was just starting.
I can’t wait to read the next book Assemble.