Aman Sen is smart, young, ambitious and going nowhere. He thinks this is because he doesn't have the right connections, but then he gets off a plane from London to Delhi and discovers that he has turned into a communications demigod. Indeed, everyone on Aman's flight now has extraordinary abilities corresponding to their innermost desires. Vir, an Air Force pilot, can now fly. Uzma, an aspiring Bollywood actress, now possesses infinite charisma. And then there's Jai, an indestructible one-man army with a good old-fashioned goal: to rule the world!
Aman wants to ensure that their new powers aren't wasted on costumed crime-fighting, celebrity endorsements, or reality television. He wants to heal the planet, but with each step he takes, he finds helping some means harming others. Will it all end, as 80 years of superhero fiction suggest, in a meaningless, explosive slugfest?
Turbulence features the 21st-century Indian subcontinent in all its insane glory: F-16s, Bollywood, radical religious parties, nuclear plants, cricket, terrorists, luxury resorts, crazy TV shows, but it is essentially about two very human questions: How would you feel if you actually got what you wanted? And what would you do if you could really change the world?
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"Turbulence has it all.... Solid writing, great character development, humor, personal loss, and excellent points to ponder in every chapter." (Wired)
This is not usually my usual genre but I thought I'd give it a try. The story was fairly unusual but the characters were interesting which kept my interest and there were a few twists in the tale.
Listen to a couple of audiobooks each month while I go for a walk keeps me vaguely fit :o)
I only downloaded this book in a BOGOF deal, and if I had read the reviews more closely I don't think I would have bothered - BUT - I am glad I did. What a pleasant surprise to encounter a simple story, that kept me guessing a little, and made me smile a few times. So, yes, I would recommend it.
If Indian fiction isn't a genre than Samit Basu has created it.
Revolving around the lives of passengers who were on a flight and somehow gain super powers, this book spins an interesting and entertaining yarn. The characters are likable, the powers are creative and although cliche at times, the book knows this and pokes fun at itself.
It's a quick listen and Ramon Tikaram does an excellent narration.
If you enjoy this book I recommend checking out Basu' other series The Gameworld trilogy. Also read by Ramon Tikaram.
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