Monday, May 27, 2013

#15: x0 (To the Power of Zero) By Sherrie Cronin : A Review


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BOOK TITLE:  x0
ISBN: 0985156104
AUTHOR:  Sherrie Cronin
GENRE: Fiction –Paranormal/Scientific
NUMBER OF PAGES: 330
FORMAT: Paperback
SERIES / STANDALONE: Series #1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Goodreads Giveaway.
REVIEW:
 Books and me: we are virtually inseparable! 
Being an avid reader I signed up for an account in goodreads.com the minute I heard about that site. On exploring I found there was this giveaway section where writers giveaway their books for free. This idea of paper back give away got me real excited and I signed up for about a dozen of giveaways of really interesting books. But unlucky me, I never won anything for a a long time.
Then finally a mail arrived stating that I had won this amazing book x0 (To the Power of Zero) By Sherrie Cronin. I virtually jumped up and down with joy!
The book finally arrived a exactly month after that mail ( A brand new shiny book with that enchanting new book smell! *Sighs*)
The title itself and the cover got me intrigued. 
Upon reading the short description of the I realized this was going to be one hell of a different kind of book. Not the regular Fantasy fiction work or Young Adult or the thriller that I normally read.
So what is so different about this book?!       
1. The plot is centered around 3 women who are so different from each other ( One is a Geophysicist from USA, the other two ( Sisters) are young women from Nigeria) - The fact that the 3 women are so different yet alike and share a common connection ( Telepathic link) makes the story line interesting ( Read the book, I don't want to be a spoilsport and give away the plot)
2. The storyline revolves around Telepathy, a form of ESP (Extra Sensory Perception) which is a much debated topic. Not many people really know what exactly telepathy is yet they call it a scam. For those people who don't know what telepathy is yet they go about calling it a scam - Folks please read this book ( And hey don't take the actual plot too seriously. It’s a fiction! No way you can probably know what a stranger miles and miles away actually thinks. Don't blame the writer if you think so and end up trying something like that; she just has used her imagination beautifully!)
3. The Narration. It’s not the regular fiction kind of narration. The transition of the story between Nigeria and America is smooth and easy to follow. But the writer has used question and answer kind of format ( like FAQs of a website) to explain to her readers what exactly telepathy is. And also the writer has given follow up links which leads to loads of extra information about Nigeria, Telepathy and lots of other stuff. Though this style is a little gamble, but then the writer has really done her research and one must appreciate her efforts.
Over all the book was neat thought the plot was bit vague and slow in the start but towards the end I just didn't want to put the book down.

NEXT POST : An interview with the writer of this book & a little Surprise from her! 
VERDICT:  The book is neatly packed and keeps you interested from the beginning. 
 RATING: 4/5
ABOUT THE AUTHOR : Sherrie Roth grew up in Western Kansas thinking that there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer. She published her first short story in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, but when the next story idea came to her it declared that it had to be a whole book, nothing less. 
EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Digital, Paperback,
PRICE: Rs. 169 (Kindle)


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