Saturday, 26 January 2019

The Code of Manavas by Arpit Bakshi : a review

Vishnu has been my dearest darling friend.  In my times of peace and anxiety he's  whom I go to.  That's  why when I saw this book,  I couldn't  help but get my hands on it.  The Code of Manavas by Arpit Bakshi is the first book of the Maha Vishnu Trilogy and the first thing that struck me was the cover.

About the book- Book one of the Maha Vishnu Trilogy, The Code of Manavas, is set some two million years past ad 2050, when earth as we know it ceased to exist and so did mankind. A new race, the Manavas, now exists on Bhoomi, the erstwhile Earth, which is divided into two cities—Madhavpur and Ayudhpur. In the quiet and peaceful city of Madhavpur, a reclusive Krishna is busy with an immense task. He has to prepare a new abode for the Manavas before an impending apocalypse destroys them. He knows something that nobody else does—the Manavas are running out of time faster than they can imagine and there are no inhabitable planets to escape to. To make matters worse, there is someone in Madhavpur who wants to destroy Krishna and subjugate each Manava. The Manavas, it seems, are doomed. Yet Krishna knows there is a slim chance of survival for the Manavas, although there is a huge price to be paid for it. Will the various factions of the Manavas unite for the greater good? Will Krishna, who saved them during the turn of the last Yuga, be able to save them now? What will be the price to pay? Enter the mythical world of Maha Vishnu and get swept up in a fast-paced suspenseful narrative.

The book has so much to tell that it becomes very difficult for me to decide where to start complimenting it.  To begin with,  the cover was something  that glued me to the book and the blurb added fire to the urge of reading it.  Written in a place where nothing is how we know it to be like,  this book ticks all the right boxes to be something  that I'll remember forever.  What remains constant throughout the book is the fact that the book still concerns Krishna to be what we know him as.

The narrative of the book is fast paced and quick.  It brings forth a fun time reading the book and at no point was I bored while reading it.  In a matter of 3 hours I finished the book and damn I won't  be wrong if I say that I am dying for the next part of the trilogy to be out in the market.  The author has done a great job at capturing the minds of the readers starting from the get go.  These books of the genre has a tendency of stretching unnecessarily  but this one didn't  do that.  Which was a saving grace.

For the cons of the book,  there are very few.  To a reader like me,  a few parts could've been avoided. There were only a few grammatical errors which could've been rectified.  But having said these,  this is one book which I would remember forever.  Waiting for the next part,  this one is a 4 on 5 for me.