Friday, May 23, 2014

#BookReview : Infinitude by Ruchi Banerjee

On the jacket:

The year is 2173. Humans are a near-extinct group herded together in protected sectors. Mira, a regular, self-absorbed, 16-year-old pimple buster, resident of Sector 51, has no clue how drastically her life is about to change when she accompanies her mother on a research project to a distant tropical jungle. There, Mira discovers a tall, super-intelligent and rather good-looking boy called Neel, who introduces her to a whole new world of mysterious possibilities. But before she can even begin to understand her feelings for him, things take a nightmarish turn . . . Carnivorous mutants are on the prowl. A deadly new breed of the forest, they have Mira trapped. Rescued by unlikely saviours, she finally learns the ugly truth of her world. Now, Mira must fight not only for her own life but also for humanity itself as she is pitted against a far stronger, smarter and more evolved enemy. Her only hope lies in Neel. But will he be able to overcome the overwhelming odds against them? Will this be the end of the human race? With electrifying action and forbidden love, Infinitude is the riveting story of two young lives caught in a deadly clash of civilizations.


Set in 2173, this is an Young Adult fantasy novel. Our protagonist is Mira and she is like any other 16-year-old from 2014 - a pimple faced, self-absorbed teenager. By 2173, humans are almost extinct and whoever are still around, live together in protected herds. Mira lives in sector 51.

Mira meets Neel, a super attractive guy and starts falling for him. But things change and she finds herself getting sucked on to a mystery. She is kept trapped by this new breed of  carnivorous mutants. Her hopes of being saved lies on Neel. The books opens on a good note and manages to procure the reader's attention. However, towards the end, the momentum slows down a bit. 

If fantasy is a genre you relish, this is a very well thought plot to read. Nice characterizations, a tight plot and smooth flow of sequence.

Rating: ***.5/5

[This review is for Hachette India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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