Book Title: Silveredge Monster: An eccentric love story (Part 1 & 2)
Author: Sunil Kumar
No. of pages: 356
Publisher: Invincible Publishers
Genre: Fiction (Subgenre doesn’t matter, this book has everything in it)
Do I recommend it? NOT AT ALL
Thanks to Sunil Kumar for sending me both parts of the book!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Silveredge Monster: An eccentric love story is available in two parts, the first part is in paperback format and the second part is in Kindle e-book format. No, the book is not a duology. The author has divided the book into two parts. Please don’t ask me why.
To be honest, I have no idea what this book was all about. The “story” is set in the early 1900s America but it’s not the America that we know of. There’s a president named Mr. Joseph and his son Davon who is a major character in the latter part of the book.
There’s another family who came back to America because it was now free of dictatorship. John, the youngest in that family, is supposedly diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). He struggles with being a normal teenager because of his diagnosis but later gets transferred to a different school and meets Masha. They go through school life and falls in love (at least that’s what the title claims). The book includes vampires, aliens, and whatnot. I’d have asked you to read the book to find those stuff out but it’s really not worth it.
MY READING EXPERIENCE:
The book in its entirety is physically exhausting and mentally draining. The book starts with some factually incorrect setting and time period which puts me off even before getting into the story. Oh wait, what story?
The “story” is just a hotchpotch of a few Bollywood movies set in a foreign country about characters that are very Indian but with foreign names.
If you still don’t know how that feels like reading, I’m about to explain.
The one good thing about reading a book that’s bad in writing and in every aspect of writing a novel is that you get to learn (as an aspiring author) and become aware of the parts that you’re not liking (and should avoid) and why not. How about I list those parts down here?
- Setting and Time Period: The book is set in the early 1900s America. I believe that the setting of a book and the time period is interlinked in every book. I could not find anything in the book that was capable of transporting me to that specific setting. All the scenes were pretty modern and due to the lack of proper descriptions, I felt really lost (not in a good way) in those pages that only contained words that made no sense at all. The setting could’ve been put forward by showing the readers how the houses, streets, festivals, events, costumes, etc. were like in that time and place. Moreover, America is portrayed as a whole unit in the book which is absurd. I don’t even remember if the main characters were rooted in one particular neighborhood, of one particular city, of one specific state, in the vast country America. And I only remember America because I have been reminded of that countless times in the book.
- Story (rather lack of): As I mentioned before, there are many storylines picked up from the Bollywood movies and used here quite poorly. For example, a spaceship lands on Earth (of course, in America) and it leaves behind one of their aliens. Familiar much?
Also, I couldn’t really find a compelling storyline anywhere in the book. According to my opinion, a book should be able to tell you what is actually happening in the first 50 pages. And even though there was a lot happening in the book, none of it actually made sense to me. Going to school, getting bullied, making or not making friends, studying for exams, all of these are fine but what’s the book actually about?
- Characters: Telling the readers that your character’s name is X and he/she is from Y place and that they suffer from Z disease is not enough. Characterization is the most important part of writing a book and if you don’t bring real, flawed, and well-developed characters, then the story falls flat. In this book, the characters were not only poorly developed, they just didn’t seem to belong where they were put in. Little things matter a lot in characterization. However, this book was just very generic. And I repeat, these characters were very Indian but with American/Russian names and I hope you can imagine how odd that sounds and reads on the page.
- Themes: The book plays around with a lot of topics in the same cauldron. I’m not saying that it is the worst idea ever to mix them all up but it should all sit together and at least make sense. The main character, John, is claimed to be suffering from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) which is a pretty serious mental health disorder. However, the character doesn’t behave like that at all. Moreover, the book claims quite stupid ideas about the disorder and other mental health diseases which just made me outrageous. Bullying was another such theme that was touched upon but all these serious issues have been toyed with quite loosely and irresponsibly.
I’ll share a small excerpt with you, just to let you know why I feel angry with the book.
“John was slightly abnormal from the beginning of his childhood. He liked staying isolated in his house and remained alone unless someone called him to join the party. He did not have any interest in playing sports like other children. Therefore, he did not have many friends in school or in the neighborhood. His parents remained very tense for his future. They both knew that there was something wrong with their son, but what, they didn’t know. The only thing good about their son was his exceptional performance in Mathematics and Science.”
Countless things were presented inappropriately in the book and I could go and on but that’s not my job here.
P.S. I gave that half of a star rating to this book because I’m stunned with the amount of words that have been put together and published. But that’s all the book’s worth.
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Quick Question: Have you ever read a book that you don’t want to recommend to anyone?