Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Book Review - Earth to Centauri - The First Journey - Captain Anara - Antariksh 1

I saw this book on Goodreads giveaway and instantly open the details. I like the way blurb was presented. I found reviews and blurb interesting & original enough to venture into the book. As the book is self-published & cost of the paperback is high, I have to buy Kindle version otherwise I would have loved to keep this book in my precious book collection. It is available in Hindi & English both language. 

Book Blurb
An alien signal has been received on Earth but what does it mean? Why and who has used an archaic code to send the message? Spaceship Antariksh lead by Captain Anara is on the way to the origin of the signal. She is prepared for a mission of exploration in the first journey from Earth into interstellar space, to make contact with beings from another planet. 

But when her ship is outgunned in an attack she and her crew must find ways to counter the threat even when she discovers that someone on her crew has been keeping secrets from her. When they finally approach their destination 4.2 lightyears away, it turns out there are even more mysteries to be uncovered ... the truth is stranger than anything they ever imagined!

Will a thrilling chase across interstellar chase reveal the secrets or will the crew of Antariksh face death and destruction in face of unsurmountable odds?
The story started with response message received on Earth from our neighbor galaxy, Proxima Centauri in earlier 2090. The response was received to the initial messages & probes we sent in earlier 1980-1990. The earth was a peaceful planet by that time & receiver of the message, India, has proven its strength in space exploration. The world has already established a colony on earth & Jupiter's moons. Missions to the farthest planet of our solar system were normal. Sublight speed spaceships were already developed. Scientists did a splendid job by making an FTL speed spaceship to reach the point or (I would say) the origin of the response signal. But things were never meant to go normally. As adventure started, captain Anara, our main protagonist, found multiple issues. Read the book to know more.

I liked the way plot was developed along the story. The author has revealed enough things at a time to maintain interest. Though some review mentioned "Good Mix of Star Trek and Star Wars", I think the author has created his own plot. As the author has created a space-based futuristic story, concepts of speed & interstellar understanding may look similar. But I can see author's own research, knowledge & conceptualization in originality. Though plot developed steadily, I found minor rush towards the end, Overall it was a fantastic ride.

I was shocked to know that author has not contacted publishers yes. If he would have done it I could have got a physical copy of the book. I haven't read Indian author's work in this domain. And the work of this level can easily attract good readership. 

Talking about ratings
  1. Cover - 4.5/5
  2. Title - 4/5
  3. Characters - 4/5
  4. Concept - 4/5
  5. Overall - 4.5/5
Book Link - Hindi Version & English Version
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads



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