Author: Lokesh Sharma and Anubhav Sharma
Published on: 29 January 2017
Genre: Fiction, Sci-Fi
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A few hundred people wake up in an auditorium with no memory of their past, scared and confused, struggling to remember who they are and how they got here. A voice draws their attention to the person standing on the podium, impeccably dressed, an air of calm confidence about him that suggests he has the answers to all their questions. As he starts explaining the situation, they slowly begin to realize they are in a futuristic realm called Enigma, where dead humans are reborn and brought to trials for the crimes they committed in their human-lives…
*DISCLAIMER: This review consists of my own honest opinions. As such, please don’t let it affect you from giving this novel a chance. 🙂 *
This novel didn’t live up to my expectations. Initially, the synopsis intrigued me, which persuaded me to start reading the novel immediately. However, once I started, I was confused by the events that were occurring. That was possibly due to the occasional changes in characters points of view, causing me to have difficulty understanding what was actually happening in the novel. In addition, switching of time periods between the present and the past made it even worse. There were times whereby I couldn’t understand how the previous event led to the current as there wasn’t a link between the two events. As such, I felt that the plots were pretty haywire, almost like bits and pieces of information were scattered throughout the novel. They weren’t like building blocks whereby the occurrence of one event led to the next and so on.
Setting aside all the confusion, there are noteworthy things that I should mention too. The novel has a dark element to it. After all, the novel deals with criminals who are reborn in a futuristic realm called Enigma. One portion of the novel deals with Aparna’s, one of the main character, past human life. It depicts all the stress, heart-wrenching and inhuman things that she has to endure. Those emotional stress and trauma start to pile up and in the end, it becomes too much for her to handle.
The trial in the novel reminded me of the legal system. Even though the legal system was created with the intention of protecting the innocents, there are still instances whereby innocents were wrongly sent to jail for a crime they did not commit. Similarly, in this novel, the ‘criminals’ were guilty unless they have evidence to prove it otherwise. However, what makes it illogical is that the ‘criminals’ in Enigma were already dead in the human world and in Enigma, it was not possible for them to go back to the human world to retrieve those evidence to prove their innocence. Although there was another way to retrieve those evidence (via 2nd level investigation), the president of Enigma was reluctant to approve most of the investigations. Reason being that he had come across many cases where condemned criminals were lying either by saying that they were innocent or by claiming that they couldn’t remember.
The character development in the novel isn’t that good. There were instances whereby at one moment, two characters were talking normally like friends and in the next, bam, they started kissing. There wasn’t any development in the relationship area to suggest that the two characters might actually have feelings for each other.
Finally, I would like to thank the author, Lokesh Sharma, for sending me this eBook in exchange for an honest review. 🙂