“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become the monster, for if you gaze long enough in an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you”- Freidrich Nietzche
Author: Sagar Kamath
No of pages: 462
Publisher: Become Shakespeare.com
About the book:
The story of Chronux starts in a small village called Aruhu, located at the foothills of the Himalayas in the year 3067 B.C.E. The villagers of Aruhu lead a simple life when one night they are awakened by the sound of explosions and mysterious lights. This marks the arrival of a stranger into their life’s who has an aura of mystery surrounding him. As time passes this stranger helps the villager to lead a better life and is revered by all. As mysterious as his appearance this stranger leaves the village suddenly leaving behind some relics and a crystal that looks like an unblossomed flower. The relics fascinates all and piques the interest and curiosity yet evokes a sense of fear.
The story then moves to Germany where Hitler is slowly rising to prominence with the rise of many fringe groups and the growing fascination with the concept of racial superiority. The world is on the brink of witnessing a second world war with brutality on the rise. Hitler’s men are on a hunt to find something which can prove their theory of racial superiority.
Amidst all this time keeps moving on but is time really real? Is time just viewing all these developments like a mute spectator? Are the people changing the time or is it time that is making us act and dance to its tune? Does time have some secrets that it has to bare the burden of? This book takes you on this journey where time is your steady companion all along.
The chapters are short and end in an inquisitive way that captures your attention. The writing is simple and crisp. The author has really triumphed in character development. World building is strong. Though the novel has huge time gaps the author has structured it very well that gives you a sense of continuity. Though this novel is a mix of many genres like science fiction, historical fiction, and mythologically retelling it has been balanced well by the author. I just felt that the book could have been shorter by around 50 pages as I found the last part a little dragging. Yet the last chapter of the book completely astounded me and gave me chills.
This is one of those novels where the author has really researched well and the efforts are visible. The author has done a brilliant a job in portraying how it is human beings thirst for curiosity and an insatiable desire for power that unleashes havoc and chaos from time to time. The thing I did not like in this novel was the cover image as I feel the cover image gives a feeling of it being a horror novel. This novel really informed me regarding various facets of history that I was unaware of and gripped my attention throughout. This novel is a real page-turner and deserves to be read. I highly recommend this book to all.
I received a copy from the author for an honest opinion and review.