Saturday, September 21, 2013

#25 : y1 by Sherrie Cronin :A Review


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BOOK TITLE:  y1
ISBN:0985156112
AUTHOR:  Sherrie Cronin
GENRE: Fiction –Paranormal/Scientific
NUMBER OF PAGES: 350
FORMAT: Paperback
SERIES / STANDALONE: Series
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: The writer was kind enough to ship me the book.
REVIEW:
First, I would like to thank the writer for shipping me this book. I had a good time reading it.
The plot revolves around Zane Zeitman, Son of Lola Zeitman (Protagonist of x0) and Alex Zeitman. Like Lola, Zane also happens to be gifted with this supernatural ability to change forms. A la Tonks from Harry Potter! ( May be 60% of  Tonks's ability?!) 
In order to understand more about his peculiar ability, Zane studies Neuroscience and joins Penthses Corporation to escape from facing the grind of doing a PhD. A Pharma company led by Dr.Peter Hulson Sr, who takes a liking for Zane. Turns out he is diagnosed with Cancer. So he assigns Zane to be his ears and eyes in the company to pick his predecessor and to "bring a closure" before he dies. There happens the major twist in the story when Zane decided to dig deep. 

The story isn't too fast paced or a dead rubber. 
It contains adequate unpredictable twists that the writer has carefully thrown in when the plot line gets too dry.
The central theme of this book according to me is "ODDITY". Weaving the concept of oddity with the world of drugs and medicine was a really smart move by the writer. 


What I Really liked about the book:
1. It is a rather positive book in sense that when things go all awry something positive happens
2. The detailed description of I-Kiribati
3. Dr.Hulson senior's character sketch


What I didn't exactly enjoy : 
1. The description of Y1, the organization and its purpose - It kind of confused me. 
2. Y1 turned out to more like an online forum rather than doing some action unlike X0. Made me think a bit! 

Definitely not the "best" work by Sherrie nevertheless I'd surely recommend this book. After all X0 was good & her 4th book in the serious which I beta read was simply amazing!
VERDICT:  Overall the book is good read. But one needs to "concentrate". You can't really turn page after page easily. You need that time for things to sink in and understand, especially when the writer describes about Y1.
RATING: 3/5
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.164

Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse



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