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Infinite Lives by Aswin Sambamurthy

It’s always been my problem – I take a while to get hooked to a book. It takes a solid 2 tries before I go past the first page. Infinite Lives was infinitely different from all those books. It only took one and a half tries to keep reading till the end. The barrage of unfamiliar names in the beginning threw me off, a bit.

Even though I would not rate it as one of the best books online, I do give it a credibly good rating.

Thrillers always have a power of grasping you by the neck and not letting go till you’re done with the last line, letting the breath wheeze out of you in a whoosh. Even though the suspense build up was a little lacking, the book does successfully pry your mind off other mundane things that you are required to do.

Though the author attempted to structure the book, it seems a little haphazard. Maybe it’s just because there is no set pattern to the dates, or maybe because there is a lack of systematic titles, or a random selection of places around Bangalore. But it works alright, once you get drawn in by the plot. Talking about the plot, it’s not very intricate, but it does weave a few webs and leave you wondering about identity and the possibility of the theft of it.

The conclusion is a little open-ended. I found it a tad bit weak as it left so many unanswered questions but not in a mysterious, wait-for-the-sequel kind of way. There seemed to be a somewhat forced introduction of gore into the tale so as to add a little masala to the tale.

Infinite Lives, although a good concept, does contain some plot holes (where do all the bodies go!) There could have been a more in-depth analysis of – what we can refer to as – the anti-hero– is he a human anomaly, alien predator, just a schizophrenic serial killer, I will never find out, and sadly, I don’t want to. The protagonist did not really have any kind of character development, and didn’t inspire any sort of fondness.

Even so, I think the concept was novel, and quite interesting. I would recommend the read, it’s short and entertaining, but for the intellectually hungry, there is no food for thought.

 

You can buy this short read here.

 

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