Review: The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan

About the Book:

If you’re looking for books like Hunger Games, then this dystopia romance, The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer is it. 

To become herself she has to turn her back on everything she ever knew 

When her best friend is kidnapped, Ruby will stop at nothing to rescue him. 

Criminals run the streets of Bombay. Jam-packed with the worst degenerates. The city is a shell of the pride and joy it used to be. 

Ruby knows something must be done, but it isn’t until her best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Braganza that she knows that she and she alone must save city, save her best friend, save the world from total destruction. 

Armed only with Vikram, a cop-turned-rogue they are about to embark on a road they may never return from. 

If you’re looking for fast-paced books like Hunger Games or dystopia fiction like Angelfall, the Ruby Iyer series is perfect for you. 

Price: Rs 150 (Paperback) | Rs 59 (Kindle) 
I got mine as a review copy.

About the Author:

She almost died. But when dystopia romance author Laxmi Hariharan had a near death experience, she was told to write. Laxmi is the creator of dystopian romance series, RUBY IYER SERIES (The MANY LIVES OF VIKRAM ROY - FINALIST Indie Excellence Awards, the bestselling The RUBY IYER DIARIES , The FIRST LIFE OF VIKRAM ROY, The SECOND LIFE OF RUBY IYER & VIKRAM ROY, PANKY's FIRST LIFE), and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner, The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). If you're looking for books like Divergent and Angelfall, you'll love the RUBY IYER SERIES.

Laxmi writes books similar to Hunger Games while listening to electronica & progressive rock, and downing innumerable cups of extra sweet ginger-chai. She is also an avid photographer of street art and believes she was a tree -- a redwood -- in her past life. London is where she creates. Bombay is what fires her imagination. 

The Review: 

It was during the earlier months of this year when an India Readathon of self-published authors was organized, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on Laxmi Hariharan's The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer. For one, the blurb had really intrigued me - and given that I am a sucker for YA novels - I wanted to read one that was based in India. 

The story is set in dystopian Bombay, and maybe because I've loved reading The Hunger Games and The Divergent series, I was naturally curious to see what India would look like in the imagined future.

I really loved the character of Ruby. She is not perfect, but that's what drew me to her: her imperfections. This made her completely human. And relate-able. 

When her best friend Panky goes missing, she teams up with the cop (who becomes a rogue by the way), Vikram Roy, and together they race against time to save Panky. 

I loved the way Laxmi narrates the tale. It did not take much effort on my part to follow the scenes and watch them play out in my head. She had made me look forward to the series. 

Only, I got so caught up with life, I did not get time to read her further works. Neither did I find the time till today, to post the review. 

Oh, something funny I must mention. Since I'd signed up to receive this book in the ePub format, Laxmi and I had exchanged nearly half a dozen emails, with her "tweaking" the storyline a little. I was only allowed to load it onto my Nook Book and read it when she sent me her final mail. 

Laxmi Hariharan is probably India's answer to the fast-blooming authors of the West in the dystopic genre. 

P.S. One last reason as to why I LOVED Ruby....she loves tea. And I love people who love tea! :D

The Rating:

Don't pass up the chance to read this book if you like dystopian stories. 

Isn't the cover so very interesting? :)