Sunday, September 11, 2016

#408 : The DEViant by Shankar S Padmanaban : Review

The title, summary and the promise of fresh writing allured me to pick this book up. The story is a typical young adult fiction. Sam, our protagonist has just finished his schooling and is preparing for entrance exams. Life goes on for him just like a teenager. He eventually gets into college, falls in loves, gets his heart broken, makes friends for a lifetime but loses them too.

The story almost felt autobiographical at one point given the writer’s background. The language, the diction and the description were spot on. In fact, I found it extremely hard to believe this writer is actually a rookie. Evidently the writer either has an extremely talented editor or has mad writing skills. Each and every scene was narrated vividly and tastefully. The characterization was initially perfect, but as the characters grew up, they still sounded much like teenagers. I know in reality, not people actually grow up, but then, it would have been wiser to stick to the fictional flow of growing up. All the characters were given equal importance and were charted out clearly. In a story like this where there are plenty of characters it is often common to find all the secondary characters to be sounding similar. Thankfully, this writer made a clear demarcation of each character immaterial of their age. The story doesn’t really have a fresh premise. It’s your typical young adult story with all characteristics of that genre in place. However, the language and the narration style made a world of difference. I found the platonic relationship between Sam and Jenny a bit forced. The climax was a bit of cliché in a way, but it did have that touch of reality. The summary was a wee bit misleading. The title however is a bit strange but, was justified by the climax of the story. The cover could have been better.

MY SAY: Perfectly narrated YA story.

RATING:  4/5

About the Book


GENRE: Fiction - YA

NUMBER OF PAGES: 280

FORMAT: Digital

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer in exchange for an honest review. 

BOOK LINKS : Goodreads, Amazon
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