Aqson Level 1: Book Review

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“Slowly, she sauntered towards Toya, stopped a few feet away, looked into Toya’s eyes, and roared. It was an ear-splitting, feet-numbing, rib-shaking roar that promised death. This was the end of her, Toya knew. This was how she would die. In this unknown museum at the hands of this Olympian lioness, and, she would never be found again.”

When it became impossible to choose between God and Satan, angels decided to play games. Games that would help them pick the guardian angel of this world. Every warrior angel got divided into two teams, Team God and Team Lucifer. Strict rules were implemented, an unusual map was designed and a council was set up to administer these games. Satan has commenced one such game called Aqson and set the Indian Prime Minister’s position as the goal of this game. Now, a completely unknown species will collide with humans to play a game where losing is not figurative. Angels will stoop to enter the grunge of Indian politics. A grey-eyed lioness will stop at nothing. And, a group of young boys and girls will be forced to rise above their identity to play and win Level 1 of Aqson.

Pick a side because the game has begun.

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Book Review

I was reading Sreejib’s work for the first time. Honestly, I am astounded by her work.

The book is about a game “Aqson”. It’s a fantasy book with a cool plot. First of all, kudos to the author for the plot. God and Satan play the game of Aqson, which is a three decades long game. The game involves weapons. Yes, weapons play an important role, here. Also, politics and mythology are blended wonderfully. The plot is placed in the cities of Delhi and Kolkata. The author has touched a lot of serious issues within the conversations. One particular topic was legalized prostitution.

The characterisation could have been done in a better way. It was okayish, nothing fancy. Apart from this, at times, the details were too much for me. (That’s my personal opinion, though.)

The narration was simple and easy to follow. I am not a fan of fantasy fiction, so I wish the book could’ve been a few pages shorter.

One of the most thought-provoking quotes from the book-  “every opposition is a probable alliance.


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Sreejib is Koel Ganguli’s pseudonym.
Born and brought up in Kolkata, Koel completed her masters in Mass Communication and got into creative writing.
In spite of being a firm believer in the reality of fantasy, she finds the concept of gods too far-fetched and chooses not to believe in it.
She likes to watch videos on carpentry, read fiction, eat rolls and Nutella and fears that religions will cause the ultimate apocalypse, soon. 
Aqson Level 1
Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd; First Edition edition (2018)

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