Our very own Indian origin Katniss Everdeen is here! Debut author Supriya Singh brings her to live with her protagonist Rhea Khanna in – An Escape – of the Chest, Heart, and Soul. As the title suggests, this book is a classic jailbreak plot. Heart and Soul are understandable but the Chest seems a tad bit unusual, doesn’t it? Here’s a story about how the Braveheart(s) (pun intended) rescued an entire race of anomalies from an undeniable apocalyptic war.
Page Count: 246 pages
Publisher: Notion Press
Publication Date: June 20th, 2018
The book promises to be a potboiler of a story, however, the basic 101 on “How to write a good book” has been overlooked and Supriya’s debut attempt leaves the reader with a sense of injustice. Riddled with myriad grammatical errors, the language becomes almost too clumsy to read. In the time it takes you to decipher the error, the book loses its grip. The language picks up from the old Queens English and bad editing, a disappointing trend that is noticed more often than not amongst the young Indian authors who write in English. Good language is often a sense of mystery – not just how the plot unfolds but how the play of words makes the twist even more enticing, even more unputdownable.
The book picks up the pace quite decently midway and manages to bring in a surprise or two at the end. However, what made the reader wanting more is the predictability of the book. The book is immensely predictable if you’ve managed to catch a movie or two (hint: hunger games and maze runner). Inspired plots can be game changers but only if they reflect the originality of the author as well. In An Escape.., unfortunately, the reader can take bets on what happens next and probably win them while managing to listen to music and watch the re-runs of the said movies on Netflix.
All said and done, Supriya’s first attempt has not been a heart(s)breaker. The effort to relay a not so original story in an original voice shall, however, not go unnoticed. The style of writing, the potboiler elements and the characterization of the protagonist and friends make us believe Supriya will come out better in her next book. For a very very decent first effort, the book deserves 3 stars out of 5. May the odds forever be in your favor!
My Rating: 3/5 stars
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About the Author
Supriya Singh did her schooling from Vidya Niketan High School, Kolkata. The interest in writing steered her to pursue graduation in English Literature from Deshbandhu College for Girls, Calcutta University. Presently, she is pursuing her post-graduation (masters in English) from Shri Shikshayatan College, under Calcutta University. She also has been working as a freelance content writer for the websites such as Buddy mantra and D-zaprino. Supriya, along with her best friend, founded SHREDDED PICTURES (www.shreddedpictures.com) where she writes poems and short stories that are extremely popular among young readers.
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“Intuitive, seeker of stories, believes in Utopia but lives in the real world – Hirak reads to fall in love and lives to read.
Drowning out the crowd in a book is her hobby and strategizing to create great communication techniques, her passion.
A mix of both and a dash of wit, this reviewer will love your book till death do them part!”
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