The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer


About the author: A near life experience told Laxmi Hariharan to write. She never stopped. Laxmi is the creator of Ruby Iyer, and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). She has been a journalist with The Independent and a global marketer with NBCU and MTV. Laxmi also blogs for Huffington Post, among others. London is where she writes. Bombay is what fires her imagination.

Blurb: A YA thriller, with strong dystopian undertones and a kickass protagonist, taking you on a white knuckle ride through a disintegrating Bombay City. A girl desperate to rescue her best friend. A cop willing to do anything to save the city he serves. A delusional doctor bent on annihilation. When Ruby Iyer’s best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Kamini Braganza, she will do anything to rescue him. Anything, including taking the help of the reticent Vikram Roy, a mysterious cop-turned-rogue on a mission to save Bombay. The city needs all the help it can get, and these two are the only thing standing between its total destruction by Dr Braganza’s teen army. As Bombay falls apart around them, will Ruby be able to save her friend and the city? Will she finally discover her place in a city where she has never managed to fit in? And what about her growing feelings for Vikram?

Review: The blurb of the book talks about a young girl, Ruby Iyer, who fights the evils of the world to save her best friend and the city of Bombay, but it is also about the same girl Ruby Iyer fighting her inner conflicts and demons. I liked this book for the background being Bombay ( my second favorite city in India), The city I know not well but well. streets, bus stops, railway stations, malls, five star hotels, skyscrapers and the slums, everything has been described well by Ruby. novel gives you a fresh perspective of the rich and the elite, highlighting the dark side of the sophisticated and posh inhabitants. The city of Bombay gets into the weight of violent destruction, Ruby gets on a mission and finds friend in a scoundrel enforcement officer, Vikram Roy, who has caught her interest on many different levels. The length and nature, the characters have been exaggerated, written in a stereotype method. The story was a page turner, such as from  kidnapping of Ruby’s best friend, to her own association in a terror plot that’s all the more scary because it is the terror within, the darkest appearance of young torment that we can envisage. For me this Young Adult fiction is a worrying genre. It crosses imprecisely shapeless pieces of work, from badly-written trash to some good fantasy. While I appreciate the exceptionality of this story, I also know myself enough to know when a book just isn’t for me.

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