Review: Maha Vishnu Trilogy: Part 1: The Code of Manavas

Maha Vishnu Trilogy: Part 1: The Code of Manavas by Arpit Bakshi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :

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.

Note : This book was received as a part of a Book Review Program by Book Genie

This book had been on my wish list for a very long time. I had read reviews and articles about it several times online. The blurb and cover just didn't help me either as it just increased my curiosity about the book. With the theme and mytho-science-fiction story line it sounded like a great read. So, I didn't waste a moment when I got a chance to review the book officially. It stayed in the process for almost a month but finally, I had my copy.

This review is more of a moral dilemma for me as I had some expectations and it didn't go well on it as per say. Inherently, I had been comparing the book with Amish Tripathi's mythofiction series as it was close to the Vedic mythology. I have read many other mythofictions like by Wendy Alec but this somewhat increased my curiosity as it had a mix of science fiction with it unlike Shiva Trilogy which was an adventure mix.

This line in blurb,  "Enter the mythical world of Maha Vishnu and get swept up in a fast-paced suspenseful narrative." is very misguiding claim, I must say. The book is really a slow read and the suspense element is so diluted that it never got me curious when I started reading. The narration was so slow that I literally got bored and had thoughts about just DNF-ing book right away. Also, there was just too much spirituality stuffed in where the science fiction part was just barely surviving in the plot line.

In the first few chapters there were some silly typographical errors. I used the word silly because these are the kind of errors autocorrect software makes. I still wonder if the 'samganak' mentioned in the book was made up of 'compartments' or 'components'.  Maybe, I was disappointed because I had just expected too much from it.

On the better side of things, the narration is good if you are a slow reader and don't like to tease your brain much while reading. Every single character has a 'Vishnu Puran' influenced name in the book, that's how I can term it for Non-Hindu's who'd be reading the book. I can say, that was very smart as well as boring move depending upon the person. The science fiction part as I said, was more of re-telling of how the earth was created in a fantasy setting.

But when I come to the spiritual part of the book, then it shines brightly. You can say it is a fiction  which tells a story of how god might have created universe. All the connected names and Vedic terminologies now start making some sense and appear in a positive light. The writing style is certainly one of those factors which might keep you hooked on to the book even if you are bored with reading ahead. There's surely some smart use of vocabulary and Sanskrit/Hindi terminologies here and there like 'samganak' which is actually a computer in Hindi/Sanskrit.

There are many underdeveloped characters and places created just for the sake of it, atleast that what I felt. The characters of vallabha, radhika, meera, shriram, shyam, etc weren't even explored much. The female characters felt like they were just there to add some diversity.

If I just round up my views and forget that it was more of a spiritual read packed inside the cover of science fiction & mytho-fiction, then this book would be a real interesting read. For someone like me who loves reading science fictions and has recently developed interest in mytho-fictions, this book was quite a disappointment as neither the blurb nor the sample had any hint on the hidden spiritual theme which just totally over powered the whole reading experience. Narration was slow and writing style was the only thing which kept me interested to somehow finish the read.

I'd recommend this book to someone who loves reading the science and spirituality mix where science is the sub-topic.

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1 comment:

  1. May be because it is a fiction ,it is not standing your expectations.just thought according to your review . will love to read with positive points placed by you.I found the book satisfactory.was waiting for your review since long. thank you


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