Book review | The Last Attractor of Chaos by Abhinav Singh
Author: Abhinav Singh
Genre: Political thriller, Crime Thriller, Science fiction
No. of pages: 322
Published on: 1st January 2018
Published by: Notion Press
My rating: ★★★★☆
Trying to protect his pregnant wife, scientist Ashwin Rathore gets killed – unexpectedly and unwantedly. A deadly force lurks in the murk that wants her too, but why? Is it because she works for and with the military and Intelligence teams in the country, or is it because she knows something that no one else does?
When Mahesh Mehta, a government hacker, was called for a practice drill to block a distress call emitted by a government truck, he did not doubt a single thing about it. But only when the army men he was working for at that moment steals a nuclear weapon using Mehta, he realises that he was being used by an organisation that were not at related to the government.
Now that Mehta has been caught in a soup, he runs for his life and while doing to he calls Shruti Rathore, a coveted ex-spy working for the Research and Analyst Wing (RAW) to inform her about the heist of the nuclear weapon and its secrets.
Since Mehta called Shruti Rathore during his last hours and due to Shruti's undecorated background history, every suspicion is on her. But, while the government wants her arrested, there's a different organisation that wants her dead. Assassins were sent to kill her and her unborn child, but somehow her husband, Ashwin Rathore, gets killed while trying to save her.
When Shruti realises that her own agency is after her, she decides to unveil the truth herself and escapes from police custody. Thus starts a cat and mouse chase, against death and against all falsity.
I tried to simplify the plot as much as I could for the readers but the book has a lot lot lot more complexities and plot-twists and back stories. If I revealed anything else the hook would be ruined for you.
The first and foremost thing I would say is that the author did a commendable job in writing this political thriller. It's intelligent and well-researched. The best thing being, it's a page turner. The thrill of reading this book is that I couldn't just stop myself from reading it. The book also mentions a lot of different government organisations and how they work against each other, adding spice to this thriller.
The author uses these political settings as his plot and the mingles them to bring out the most thrilling setting. Though this book is mainly a thriller, the story also focuses on philosophy and science fiction. So the plot goes to and fro different genres.
It is a bit confusing so keep up with the book's pace as the author inputs some of the characters' back story in between chapters or in the chapters itself. Another thing that confused me a lot during the entire first part of the book is the characters. There's a lot of characters from different organisations and every chapter has some new character. So it took me some time to get used to the characters or where they belonged to or what was their agenda and so on.
One of the most important reason why this book is a must reason is the protagonist Shruti Rathore. She is one badass female protagonist who has an emotional and heartbreaking past. The author does justice in showing the readers what made Shruti a character so skilled and intelligent. Also, her relationship with her late husband and her personality as a pregnant woman is worth the read. She is quick to judge and quick to take action and I simply loved her character.
This book is highly recommended to all who loves digging into political crime thrillers.
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Abhinav Singh is a Physics coach who has been teaching intermediate students for competitive exams, for the past ten years. His favorite topics like particle physics, duality and quantum enigma are the building blocks of this story. He is an avid reader, a dreamer and a movie buff. It is his first attempt to put forth his ideas on life and death through this thriller novel.
He currently lives in Patna, with his wife Ragini and two kids—daughter Shirin and son Divyam.
I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset. https://rakhijayashankar.blogspot.in/